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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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Report at a Glance

General RegionCentral PA
Specific LocationOne of PA's many spring creeks
Dates FishedDecember 27
Time of Dayafternoon
Fish Caughta bow and a brown
Conditions & HatchesSome snow still on the ground, and the water was a bit high and cloudy; there were a few midges coming off, but little if any surface activity.

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Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Dec 29, 2008December 29th, 2008, 5:55 am EST
I had promised Jason I'd make amends for my bass report from last autumn, but it took a while.

My brother-in-law and I had scrapped a trip to Erie due to high waters there, and he proposed we do a little trout fishing. I was anxious to give the hairy honeybug some employment, so it was easy to agree. Fishing was slow, but the bug found a 17" rainbow and a 9-10 inch wild brown, so all in all a good day for my first trout outing in months.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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