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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Flytyerinpa on Dec 15, 2020December 15th, 2020, 3:28 pm EST
I read an article some where on how you can make water base head cement using Clear Acrylic Sealer, I think it said to dilute it with alcohol but I don't remember what ratio.
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Martinlf on Dec 16, 2020December 16th, 2020, 5:32 am EST
If it's water based, could you dilute it with water?
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Wbranch on Dec 16, 2020December 16th, 2020, 9:47 am EST
If it's water based, could you dilute it with water?


Hmm, 'ya think?
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Flytyerinpa on Dec 16, 2020December 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm EST
I think he used alcohol but it didn't say what the ratio was, sealer to alcohol was.
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Martinlf on Dec 17, 2020December 17th, 2020, 1:52 am EST
Possibly, alcohol and water may be compatible, but personally, I'd start with water. You can just experiment with the thickness that does what you want it to. Mix a very small batch and give it a try. Best of luck.
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Flytyerinpa on Dec 17, 2020December 17th, 2020, 2:52 pm EST
I'm thinking he said Alcohol something about it drying faster.
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Martinlf on Dec 18, 2020December 18th, 2020, 2:27 pm EST
That makes sense. Give it a try and let us know how it works, OK?
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