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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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Altoona, PA

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Bippie on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 11:37 am EST
One of many.... I forget the name of the creek I was on but it was right at dusk and the bats were starting to fly up and down the creek snatching their evening meal. I was working real hard to get my Badger Bi-Vis to drop just behind a dead fall in the water. After several attempts the fly landed just where I wanted it.... it was in a perfect drift for a good size riser sipping off the surface! Just as it approached the hot zone a bat swooped down and snatched my fly off the water and dropped it about 10 feet beyond the rising trout! If once wasn't bad enough it happened twice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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