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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 Wbranch (Matt Hanist)

Troutnut.com User Wbranch (Matt Hanist)

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Matt Hanist
York & Starlight PA
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Retired ordnance manufacturing manager. Fly fishing and fly tying is how I prefer to spend my leisure time. FF primarily in NY, PA, and MT trout, steelhead, and smallmouth bass.

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Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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