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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Onestonefly on Mar 21, 2008March 21st, 2008, 8:02 am EDT
Would appreciate any help with finding well made hackle pliers, like the older Herb Howard ones. I don't want the rotating type, not the rubber pad ones, not the clip ones. Just the old sytle clamp ones and well made too. Thanks.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 21, 2008March 21st, 2008, 11:24 am EDT
Do a search and read my post under fly tying tools page 2.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Eastern Sussex co., NJ

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Andyg on Mar 23, 2008March 23rd, 2008, 10:27 am EDT
I think I've used them all but can't tell you what I have since they all lack name markings. However, I can tell you that the one I like the best is the Dorin teardrop style. It really holds the tip of a hackle feather well. With the others, I've done everything from coating the jaws with liquid plastic to filing grooves in the jaws to keep the hackle tip from sliding out. Just an opinion based on my own personal experience.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 24, 2008March 24th, 2008, 12:20 am EDT
To anyone who is interested in the hackle pliers I mentioned in a post a couple of months ago Onestonefly found it and here is a picture.

I have had virtually every type of hackle pliers on the market and these hackle pliers have never slipped, or broken, a feather. Feathers have broken but not at the clamping point of the pliers. The really fine stems of small hackles or partridge feathers sometimes are just too fragile to be wound. The plier has worked flawlessly for me.

It is available at Bob Marriot's.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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