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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Bowmandjk on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 12:37 pm EST
can anyone tell me how to tie a maggot ball and what material to use
State College, PA

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Smallstream on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 2:46 pm EST
eewww whats a maggot ball?
Oregon Coast

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Flybinder on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 6:56 pm EST
Unable to post a picture here, I can "try" and tell you what the Maggot Ball fly is like!?!
Tied on a #14 scud hook.
Take 3 to 4 strands of antron white yarn,or, equivalent.1" long
Using 6/0 or 8/0 black thread, tie one end of yarn to hook.Mid shank.
On loose end, QUICKLY singe end with a lighter or match, until end melts and turns dark. (either dark brown or black, depending on type of yarn used).
That's about it,for a "Maggot Ball" fly!
Hope this helps and hope you catch fish on it! In larger sizes, this fly's been used for steelhead quite often!
"You should'a been here, NEXT week,the fishing's great!"
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 11:48 pm EST

A picture can be found at the above site.

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Bowmandjk on Nov 6, 2007November 6th, 2007, 7:01 am EST
lam and flybinder thanks for the info i heard they where great for steelhead and early trout ill give them a try thanks again

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