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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Catharsis
Media, PA

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Catharsis on Jul 18, 2008July 18th, 2008, 5:56 am EDT
Do trout feed on these? I have tons of them floating in my pool right now and would like to try some on Valley Creek. VC is the only native water close to me that is fishable in summer and it can be quite tough. Any additions in my arsenal of flies would be helpful. Ive been tying since christmas and am quite pleased with my results both at the bench and on the stream. Any suggestions on recipes would be greatly appreciated.

"Although I know much, I should like to know all" - Goethe
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Jul 18, 2008July 18th, 2008, 7:11 am EDT
Do trout feed on these?


Yes. The infestations aren't as heavy as they were before the introduction of milky disease and (now) parasitic tachinids, so they are a bit less likely to become a specific focus of trout feeding. Personally, a beetle is one of my all-time favorite searching dries--a well-designed pattern lands with a seductive "PLOP!" that can draw fish to it.
Catharsis
Media, PA

Posts: 5
Catharsis on Jul 18, 2008July 18th, 2008, 10:15 am EDT
Thanks Gonzo. Hopefully trout will start eating these ubiquitous stink bugs that have popped up over the past two years. What stinkers.
"Although I know much, I should like to know all" - Goethe
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Jul 18, 2008July 18th, 2008, 2:33 pm EDT
I know what you mean, Bob, but if the trout did deign to eat very many the little stinkers you'd probably have to hold your nose while removing the imitation from their mouths. :)
Smallstream
State College, PA

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Smallstream on Jul 19, 2008July 19th, 2008, 3:21 am EDT
YOU BET trout feed on these, in fact I was at fishermans paradise last summer in august and I wasnt even fishing but I was capturing these beatles and chucking them out in the water and every one i threw out there was eaten, feeding the fish with those things was almost as fun as catching them
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 19, 2008July 19th, 2008, 6:02 am EDT
Catharsis,

The other flies I'd try on Valley Creek would be ants of all types and colors, including fished wet. Bright orange is a good color for dries. For down under my go to fly is often a sinking inchworm, tied like a green weenie, but I don't make the little tag at the end that everyone says is so necessary. Just lazy I suppose. I've grown fond of chunky cotton chenille dyed neon green or chartreuse for the material to tie these. A Walt's Worm, which consists simply of hare's ear in a cigar shape on a hook, also works well in most spring creeks. Hope this is helpful; local fly shops can probably give you more specific recommendations.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Catharsis
Media, PA

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Catharsis on Aug 4, 2008August 4th, 2008, 11:06 am EDT
Thanks for the tips Louis. I just tied up some bucktail inchworms that extend off the back of the hook. I tied these for this local stream where I walk my dog. Never fished it even though it is right behind my house because all I could see was little spots and other sunnies, but I figured what the hell and tried the other day below this old mill dam. After about 20 or so real little sunnies I saw some nice carp. Switched to a bead head greenie and I think I foul hooked one (at least it seemed so from the trajectory of the line when he did these two short runs.) I tried to turn him and I pulled the fly out. Heading back soon with stouter leader and some other flies. should be tought to land anything as the plunge pool is a mess of deadfall and rocks, but should be fun trying.

I havent been to VC in a bit because Ive been fishing the trico hatch up in Reading and am trying the Bethlehem creek tomorrow. Been having a blast with the trico hatch but dont want to go off topic as Im not too accustomed to this forum yet.
"Although I know much, I should like to know all" - Goethe
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Aug 5, 2008August 5th, 2008, 10:09 am EDT
You're most welcome, Catharsis. It's hard to get the folks here riled, so go off topic whenever you wish. As for Tricos, did you see the Trico thread?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Aug 6, 2008August 6th, 2008, 5:38 am EDT
catharsis- I have always had good success with small baetis nymphs in VC, I tie them in varying shades of tan-olive-brown. Also, check your private messages.
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