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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.

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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About "Mystery Creeks": If you recognize one of these, you already understand why I'm keeping it a secret. I'm not as strict as some anglers about hiding where I fish, mostly because I don't expect to substantially affect fishing pressure on already well-known or simply unpopular waters. But there are some gems where I don't want to add a single unfamiliar bootprint to the mix, due to the fishing, their wild character, or keeping a friend's secret. They're all "Mystery Creek" here—even the lakes.

Landscape & scenery photos from Mystery Creek # 23

The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
This beautiful brookie comes from a very remote, crystal-clear small stream in the Catskills.
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
Lena wading across the riffle to catch up with me.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The clear little stream I was fishing is fed by a tiny tributary running across a beautiful bed of nothing but moss.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York

Underwater photos from Mystery Creek # 23

Well, this is one way to make 'em pose... keep them on the line!

This one settled next to the camera pretty nicely as soon as I let off the tension.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
I love this mossy plant on so many of the rocks in this stream.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
Not a bad home if you're a brook trout.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
Underwater moss and riffle bubbles.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
The Mystery Creek # 23 in New York
I got a nice picture of the pool these salamander larvae inhabit a few weeks later.

From the Mystery Creek # 23 in New York

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #23 in New York

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