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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Landscape & scenery photos from the Sagavanirktok River

The Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
The Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
The Sag at Franklin Bluffs.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
The Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
I think this picture really conveys the size of the lower Sag River.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
A beautiful braided reach of the Sag River, with the Philip Smith Mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in the background.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
The lower Sag's size is impressive here at Franklin Bluffs (those hills on the left), not far from Deadhorse and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
A muddy, mile-wide cobble bar on the very lower Sagavanirktok (or "Sag") River.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
The Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
This pool produced a few good grayling for me once I found a safe way down around the high gravel bluff.

From the Sagavanirktok River in Alaska

Underwater photos from the Sagavanirktok River

The Sagavanirktok River in Alaska
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