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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Al514
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Central New York

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Al514 on Jul 8, 2008July 8th, 2008, 4:33 pm EDT
The Zebra caddis are in full swing right now where I live and I was just wondering what are some of the favorite patterns to fish this hatch? I have been using a BIG caddis thats cream colored thats tied on a size 10 streamer hook that does well as the hatch is just starting, then as the fish get more selective, various CDC emerger patterns work well that are smaller in size (size 12). Just curious to see what everyone else fishes!
Al514
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Central New York

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Al514 on Jul 12, 2008July 12th, 2008, 2:59 pm EDT
I suppose these guys (the zebra caddis) have had enough. I went to the river today expecting good numbers of bugs and fish, and saw only a few of both. This hatch was one of the greatest I have ever fished! Here are some of the tanks from the past 2 weeks! Enjoy.

LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Jul 12, 2008July 12th, 2008, 5:32 pm EDT
all on a dry fly?.......do you have a spare bedroom!
Shawnny3
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Jul 14, 2008July 14th, 2008, 2:14 am EDT
Wow! Amazing fish! That's not the Central NY stream fishing I remember.

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Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Aug 4, 2008August 4th, 2008, 1:21 pm EDT
Al514: What is a Zebra Caddis? I'm not familiar with the bug. Also, what stream were you fishing?
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Taxon on Aug 4, 2008August 4th, 2008, 5:54 pm EDT
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Aug 5, 2008August 5th, 2008, 9:57 am EDT
Gorgeous fish. Congratulations on the fine fishing.

Roger, thanks for the visual id.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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tioga co. pa.

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Sandfly on Jan 5, 2009January 5th, 2009, 11:57 pm EST
What river were you on, I love fishing the Zebra hatch on the lower Delaware, Have had stripers and smallies rise to a dry there. largest was a 6lb. striper...Now I'm to far away to fish it, would like to fish the hatch again..
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