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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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Troutnut.com User BrettB (Brett Billings)

Troutnut.com User BrettB (Brett Billings)

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Brett Billings
Location
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Biography & Thoughts
Originally from western Kentucky, started tying flies at age 11 in the middle of bass and catfish country. Was considered a bit odd. Eventually studied salmon flies under Ken Sylvia in Fairbanks, AK...Kim Rassmussen of Denmark and a few others. Worked for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife 1993-2004 as producer of TV show Kentucky Afield. Did master's of biology research on "An Aquatic Insect Bioassessment of the Cumberland River Tailwater in Southcentral Kentucky," completed in 2004 (Eastern Kentucky University). Working on Cumberland Tailwater fishing guide in spare time. Currently employed with US Fish and Wildlife in Shepherdstown, West Virginia doing National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Videos. Enjoy fishing the Potomac for smallmouth, trips to Alaska for salmon and Halibut with my wife, Shelly.
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