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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Jonathon, does it look familiar?
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Jul 10, 2020July 10th, 2020, 8:50 am EDT
This is one of my favorite spots.
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Red_green_h on Jul 10, 2020July 10th, 2020, 2:27 pm EDT
Looks like a beauty. I could probably hook every branch across it.
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Wbranch on Jul 11, 2020July 11th, 2020, 1:54 am EDT
Looks like an awesome tight line nymphing run.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Partsman on Jul 11, 2020July 11th, 2020, 8:41 am EDT
My pictures really are not good, the cell phone just does not do justice. But if you look just up stream from the black water there are some really nice riffles, small caddis I believe anyways were hatching in the riffles and then floating into that black colored water. There were fish rising, and I fished a rather large size 14 caddis and caught close to 15 fish. One was a really nice rainbow, which rainbows are not unusual here, there mostly steelhead parr. I didn't want to do the fish picture thing because I didn't bring a net, the warm temps had me releasing fish as quick as possible with as little handling as possible. Anyway, I hope everyone here is doing good, I have had possibly the best year of fishing and yet I feel as though something is missing with all of the madness going around. Cooler temps next, I may hit the Ausable again, early morning tricos and then some terraistals later in the morning.
Take care and have some fun, Mike.

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