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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive 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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Landscape & scenery photos from the Gibbon River

The Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
Gibbon River with Norris Geyser Basin in the distance

From the Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
This little brown trout was released in the shallows but really wanted a picture so it jumped back onto dry land and posed like this. Then I insisted it go back in the water.
Two elk watching us fish from across the Gibbon meadows

From the Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
The Gibbon River in Wyoming
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