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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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Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on May 1, 2009May 1st, 2009, 5:51 am EDT
What are the pros/cons of filing hook barbs vs. smashing them flat with pliers? Does it make a difference?
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Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on May 1, 2009May 1st, 2009, 9:16 am EDT
I can't see an advantage to filing, it would take waaaaaay to much time. I crush my barbs and have no trouble getting them out of trouts mouths. Plus a lot of hooks have micro barbs, and they crush easily.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 1, 2009May 1st, 2009, 1:48 pm EDT
I've heard that filing them can weaken the temper and make the points more brittle. On the other hand, you can get a point that looks like a Tiemco SPBL or a Knapek hook, which some think penetrates better and holds better. I'm just buying barbless hooks these days, on the advice of someone who fishes competition. If anyone knows what will hold a fish better these guys do.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on May 1, 2009May 1st, 2009, 1:54 pm EDT
What Jeff said.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 2, 2009May 2nd, 2009, 10:45 pm EDT
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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