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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Cazin, Bosnia

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Coha on Jan 1, 2021January 1st, 2021, 8:41 pm EST
Great video tutorial by Barry Ord Clarke.
PMD Nymph
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 2, 2021January 2nd, 2021, 3:51 am EST
It is a beautiful fly but in all my experiences with the PMD I have never seen any bigger than a #14 with the vast majority being #16 - #18. As soon as I heard the tier say he was going to use a #12 long shank hook I lost interest in watching the video. I lost interest because while it is a beautiful fly it has many steps and materials and while it would be relatively easy for a skilled tier to construct one on a #12 hook it will be much more difficult on a more typical standard length #16 nymph hook.

I have found a very effective, and much easier to tie, PMD nymph to be the split back style. There are numerous tutorials on YouTube.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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