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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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 Brodhead Creek

Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Early morning sunshine beats through the trees, heating the water up for a Drunella hatch.

From Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
A few nice trout were rising in this deep pool during the tail end of a morning Drunella hatch, but I didn't manage to fool them.

From Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania

Underwater photos from Brodhead Creek

Late May finds many trout streams brimming with tiny minnow fry in large schools.

On-stream insect photos from Brodhead Creek

A freshly emerged female Drunella cornuta dun.

From Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Here's the bottom of a freshly emerged male Drunella cornuta dun, showing a lighter shade of olive than the specimens I photographed with my better camera in the evening.

From Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania

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