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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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Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on May 24, 2008May 24th, 2008, 1:17 pm EDT
I hiked down into the Neversink gorge today, probably about 1.5 or 2 miles, and when I went to rig up I noticed my rod tip was gone. I guess if you are going off the trail its probably better to pre -rig... the leader gets caught in the branches sometimes but it might save you a lost tip.
I am haunted by waters
Shawnny3
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on May 24, 2008May 24th, 2008, 1:45 pm EDT
That sucks. You may want to consider changing your signature line - I think you've got a ghost problem.

-Shawn

P.S. I have a similar story (but without all the hiking). My brother and I drove a good ways to fish some water we'd never fished. As we were standing by the car rigging up, I pulled my leader through the last guide, with very little tension mind you, and my rod tip just snapped like a twig. My brother just laughed his butt off at me (of course), and proceeded to catch fish after fish while I watched him. I finally decided to try to fish with the broken rod, but the 4 inches of tip protruding from what was now the last guide caused the line to catch on the rod with every false cast. What paltry casts I could manage did nothing to keep the fish from laughing at me as well. What a whipping. I do not recommend fishing this way.
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Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 25, 2008May 25th, 2008, 9:12 am EDT
McJames, I did that trick once myself, when starting out fly fishing. I was able to find the tip by backtracking, but it made me never hike with a unrigged rod again. Even worse, I left a brand new Scott fly rod on my brother-in-law's truck years ago. Had I even been able to find a smashed tip, the Scott company would have replaced it, but I never found anything when I returned the next day. Oh, yes, I left a loaded vest on my cartop once, and drove away. That took months to get over, and I'm still irritated with myself and with whoever found it. Yes, I never recovered it, despite having my name and phone number on each fly box in it. So, it could be worse. Still I'm sorry to hear of your frustrating trip. But you're not alone by any means. Most fly fishermen I know have similar stories. Do check the rod warranty; many manufacturers will replace a tip for little or nothing these days.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jjlyon01
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

Posts: 71
Jjlyon01 on May 25, 2008May 25th, 2008, 10:40 am EDT
I was on the Salmon River in Pulaski this January. It was about 7am and the sun had just risen. It was below 0 and I was in nothing but hip boots. My guides began to ice up and I hooked into a steelie and my tip snapped clean off. Along with the tip so did the fish. Instead of leaving for the day I just broke off the extra couple of inches and used my final guide as the tip. May not have casted quite as well but it did not get caught up and I was able to catch a few fish and thankfully Orvis replaced it for free.
"I now walk into the wild"
Shawnny3
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on May 26, 2008May 26th, 2008, 4:40 am EDT
Another sad story: I was working at a treatment facility for troubled teenaged boys, and I took a few of the boys on a fishing trip one day. I took my only two flyrods with me, one of which was bequeathed to me by my grandfather when he died. When we got back from the trip, I found that the rod had been closed in the van door by a careless teenager. It was one of those moments where I thankfully displayed more grace than I was feeling inside. That was my hardest moment in flyfishing - every time I used that rod I thought of my grandfather, the best outdoorsman I've ever known. Actually, his being a World War II veteran, I've been thinking about him a lot the past few days. I only hope he'd be glad to know the rod was broken trying to teach a few troubled boys how to fish - he grew up an orphan and was a bit of a troubled boy himself.

I sent the broken tip back to the manufacturer for replacement, and they happily replaced it for a small fee. But when I got the package from them, it had a completely new rod in it. I called them and explained that the butt had sentimental value to me and that I didn't want it replaced, but they told me that the rod had been discontinued and that they had to replace the whole rod because they had no tips that would fit the old butt. If it had only been a few years later, I'm sure I could have found a replacement tip on Ebay. But instead I lost the entire rod, and it eats me up to this very day.

-Shawn
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