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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.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Martinlf on Jun 10, 2009June 10th, 2009, 3:25 pm EDT
We haven't had a good laugh in a while so I though I'd bring back the glow spinner topic and note that the ideal place to fish it is in the head of a shallow pool with a good spinner fall. One can wade slowly and fish it a rod length away and see every take. Very exciting for the radioactive minded.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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GONZO on Jun 10, 2009June 10th, 2009, 4:02 pm EDT
You are both clever and resourceful, Louis. And I will happily concede the effectiveness of your radioactive spinner. I have just one question: When that sly old brown escaped into the branches of that tree, was it still wearing your glowing concoction? I only ask because it might make the fish easier to spot should I return to that spot one evening. :)
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Martinlf on Jun 11, 2009June 11th, 2009, 3:45 am EDT
No, he shook the fly out. But it is a perfect spot for the fly, and I suspect I'll return next season for another go at the old boy.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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JAD on Jun 11, 2009June 11th, 2009, 5:09 pm EDT
One night (A long time ago).
That fly saved my life, I was cold wet, starving, and home sick for my fishing trailer. I was way up stream and the darkness over took me, Well sir, I took that nuke spinner that old Newt gave me, I held it high over my head and it showed me the way home. Some of the local fellers ended up hanging that fly from the telephone pole and we have been using it for a night light ever after.

That my story and I'm sticking to it.

Tight Lines.

jad

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
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GONZO on Jun 11, 2009June 11th, 2009, 5:27 pm EDT
John,

You gotta love a fly that not only catches fish but also lights your way home. We now have two ways of locating Louis on the stream: Either look for the eerie glow or listen for the call of "Hold 'er Newt, she's headed for the pea patch!" In the case of the big brown mentioned above, I suspect that either would have worked. :)
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Martinlf on Jun 12, 2009June 12th, 2009, 2:25 am EDT
John, that story reminds me of the one you told about he squirrel and the log. Could you find it and bring it back up for those who haven't read it?

Wait, I fount it. See "Cold Outside" thread. Look in the middle of the thread by going to the top and scrolling down. The story starts,

Hi everyone.

I have another picture of The little j . . .
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Martinlf on Jun 6, 2012June 6th, 2012, 9:41 pm EDT
This thread refers to a story of some fish caught and one lost on one of Gonzo's favorite streams. It was a perfect riffle for the glow spinner, and after landing some nice fish I had a big brown jump up into an overhanging branch just after hookset and the fly came out before the fish hit the water.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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