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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.

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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Wiconisco37
Central Pennsylvania

Posts: 8
Wiconisco37 on Nov 10, 2008November 10th, 2008, 4:32 am EST
It's the time of the year when big browns and rainbows travel upstream to spawn! You can have great fun by traveling to a local small, clear stream with native trout and catch many small to lunker sized fish.

Gear: Orvis Super Strong 6X tippet, 4 to 6 weight line, 7 to 8 foot rods, good disk drag reel
Flies: Glo-Bugs of Many colors, 12-16, Sucker spawn and Crystal Meth Egg Sacks 12-14, Bead-head nymphs 14-16, other flies of your choice
Fishing Techniques: Find a good run or pool in your small stream, wear green, brown or even camo clothing, stay back a little, crouch, don't move much and try to keep fly-line off the water. These fish spook very easily, so be careful!

Many people wouldn't think of this on the time of the year, but just remember, theres always the chance of catching that lunker!
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2635
Wbranch on Nov 11, 2008November 11th, 2008, 12:07 pm EST
Don't those browns and brookies need a respite from the last six months of angling pressure? Why don't you give them a break and let them at least have time to propogate the future fish to populate or streams and rivers.

BTW most rainbow trout spawn in the Spring and not the Fall. Perhaps if you are seeing rainbows in the feeders they are followng the browns and brookies to eat their eggs.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

Posts: 139
Mcjames on Nov 12, 2008November 12th, 2008, 6:37 am EST
Crystal Meth Egg Sacs?! thats got to be illegal
I am haunted by waters
Falsifly
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Hayward, WI.

Posts: 660
Falsifly on Nov 12, 2008November 12th, 2008, 7:09 am EST
I heard they busted a crack house in central PA and found a dozen tying vises.
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Wiconisco37
Central Pennsylvania

Posts: 8
Wiconisco37 on Nov 12, 2008November 12th, 2008, 8:40 am EST
WHAT? ARE YOU GUYS INSANE! ITS THE NAME OF A FLY!! ITS AN EGG SACK MADE OUT OF KRYSTAL FLASH!!
LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
LittleJ on Nov 12, 2008November 12th, 2008, 1:00 pm EST
Wyatt.....they know.
Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

Posts: 139
Mcjames on Nov 13, 2008November 13th, 2008, 3:48 am EST
i am staying away from the Crystal Meth Egg Sac... this sport is addictive enough already
I am haunted by waters

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