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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Potter County, PA

Posts: 144
SlateDrake9 on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 1:46 am EST
So, when you believe you have everything you will ever need for flyfishing, what do you get for yourself?

Custom made 9'3" slow action 2 weight?

Another bamboo fly rod?

Several high end fly boxes?

A custom fiberglass rod?

1 man pontoon?

Expensive fly reel (New Hardy Perfect maybe)?

A bunch of technical clothing?

Something else?

Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
LittleJ on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 2:38 am EST
If it were me, I would go bamboo or a hardy perfect. Then at least I could justify it as an investment. Given the current state of affairs it may not even be a bad investment.
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 6:45 am EST
oh, gee...get something with a history. either a history of its own, or a history because you know the maker personally. then when there's so much stuff that you decide to help others get started in the sport, you'll know what to keep.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Hayward, WI.

Posts: 660
Falsifly on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 7:33 am EST
So, when you believe you have everything you will ever need for flyfishing, what do you get for yourself?

An appointment with a psychiatrist.
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."
Southern calif.

Posts: 45
Hellgramite on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 8:17 am EST
That's a tough one to answer because after looking at what i have as far as fishing gear.You can never have everything.
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2758
Troutnut on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 9:03 am EST
A drift boat.

A house on a trout stream.

A chilled aquarium with trout. (Only legal in some places.)

An aquarium for aquatic insects. (Again, legal some places.)

A really nice camera to take on the stream.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Shawnny3 on Jan 1, 2009January 1st, 2009, 2:28 pm EST
Time, my friend. Just time.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
New England

Posts: 43
Leakywaders on Jan 2, 2009January 2nd, 2009, 10:44 am EST
I'll second that.
Drag free??? If the fly didn't drag, I wouldn't know where it was!!

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