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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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Ketcrk on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 8:46 am EST
Anyone know where you can buy Oliver Edwards hooks ?
A lot of shops don't know they exist.
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Alexandria Pa

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JAD on Feb 10, 2008February 10th, 2008, 5:24 am EST

Hi there
Here is a link for his midge hooks,


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
Flemington, New Jersey

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Professor on Feb 20, 2008February 20th, 2008, 2:51 pm EST
These hooks are now discontinued. About a year ago I bought some from Chris Helm at Whitetail Fly Tieing in Toledo, OH who still had a few packages of them. Chris may still have some old stock. Check with him.

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