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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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Delablobbo
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Delablobbo on Dec 27, 2009December 27th, 2009, 10:10 am EST
I tie a lot of Adams' standard dries. I know a lot of you prefer the hen necks for the wings. But I like the rooster, because of the barring. The hen wings get wet, turn black and soggy, and the fly is hard to float and difficult to see. I used to get round tipped rooster feathers from an outfit called Cascade, and distributed by Cortland. But I can't find them anymore. Anybody know where I can find good round-tipped grizzly rooster necks?

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