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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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This topic is about the Mayfly Species Drunella tuberculata

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Konchu on Sep 20, 2009September 20th, 2009, 8:04 am EDT
Just got back from a trip to the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Drunella tuberculata (probably the conestee form) is getting ready to hatch there. Most of the other bugs of decent size that I saw were relatively young.
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Pastorray on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 3:19 am EST
Yes, I'm new to this site and was wondering if you have done any fly fishing in the Smokies during the winter...say Jan., or Feb.? I've done some in April on the NC side and did rather well, but like to try it in colder weather... Thanks , Pastor Ray
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Teddyp on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 12:27 pm EST
I live on the NC side and fish the smokies throughout the year. The winter fishing is pretty good, but obviously slow as the temperatures drop, but don't get as cold as up north. Nymphing through the winter when the sun is out can be good!
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Taxon on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 4:02 pm EST
Hi Luke. Interesting. Must have (somehow) missed your post when you made it on September 20. Haven't previously seen any emergence dates for Drunella tuberculata, but they must one of the latest-emerging Drunella species.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Konchu on Nov 27, 2009November 27th, 2009, 1:25 pm EST
Taxon, that Drunella is the old D. conestee, at least I'm pretty sure.

Pastorray and Teddyp, I've seen various BWOs emerging in good numbers up into December, if the day is warm enough.
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CrUNChstONE on Jan 3, 2010January 3rd, 2010, 6:49 am EST
Your best bet would be Abrams Creek because it originates underground and the water stays warmer during the winter than anywhere else in the park. P.S. Try BWO's, midges, and little black stone fly nymphs.
Stay classy.
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Konchu on Jan 4, 2010January 4th, 2010, 12:22 pm EST
Abrams Cr and its tribs is where I collected the winged BWOs & other baetids!

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