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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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 30, 2009November 30th, 2009, 10:51 am EST
Harbor Freight has some great sale prices on various plastic storage boxes!
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Nov 30, 2009November 30th, 2009, 11:25 am EST
What sizes are they? Do you mean for tying materials or flies?
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Nov 30, 2009November 30th, 2009, 11:29 am EST
visited a local tobacconist a couple of months ago looking for real pipe cleaners, and found a gold mine in the form of cigar boxes. i had no idea cigars still came in those great cedar boxes! they're strong so you can stack them really high, and they're colorful so your shelf looks great, and they're light-tight, too.

now the reason i bring them up in this thread is to ask about moth repellents. plastic keeps the room from smelling of moth balls, and is good defense against creepy-crawlies. is the cedar in the cigar boxes sufficient to keep away the little baddies, or should i investigate more plastic boxes?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Altoona, PA

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Bippie on Dec 1, 2009December 1st, 2009, 12:22 am EST
Some would suit some tying materials, the ones I picked up are for hook storage. There is a set up with 24 individual hook size containers inside a larger container, it was $2.99 last night (I think the sale is on until Dec 14th). There is quite a variety.
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Dec 2, 2009December 2nd, 2009, 2:19 pm EST
Casey - you can use a piece of that yellow no pest strip like you see hanging in the old diner kitchen:) There is a bit of a discussion at http://bioquip.com/search/DispProduct.asp?pid=1196. I would put it in a small container with hole in it (old film can if you still have those or pill bottle but not sure if will react with the plastic) so feathers/fur/etc don't touch it. Just change it once in awhile. And don't soak the quill in your mouth before you tie it on.
Red Lion, PA

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Mfb1978 on Mar 21, 2010March 21st, 2010, 2:25 am EDT
I'll have to check out harbor freight. I need something for hook storage.

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