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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

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Jjlyon01 on Oct 20, 2008October 20th, 2008, 3:00 am EDT
I got my hands on a Spey rod for the first time this weekend and now I NEED one. Does anyone here know much about spey rodding? What company should I look into to get myself one? Has anyone seen the new ZPEY spey rods?
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LittleJ on Oct 20, 2008October 20th, 2008, 10:36 am EDT
I've never fished a spey rod, but I do like the 11' z- axis.... I also have a friend who fishes steelhead with a tfo spey and really seems to like it.fwiw
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Jjlyon01 on Oct 20, 2008October 20th, 2008, 11:54 am EDT
Thanks Jeff. I was using my friends Echo rod. I really love what Tim Rajeff did only problem I had with it was the ferrules seemed very lose on it even though my friend had them taped. Does anyone know if this is common or what?
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Trtklr on Oct 26, 2008October 26th, 2008, 9:35 am EDT
spey rods are coming back. work great for areas where its tough to get a lot of room on a backcast. I would look for one with a detachable bottom. so you can have what looks like a regular fly pole, attach the bottom 6 or 7 inches and shazam! spey rod!
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