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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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Bcvizina
Northern Michigan

Posts: 30
Bcvizina on Mar 11, 2010March 11th, 2010, 6:14 am EST
I have read in a book that the Beaman's Ghost is a well known brook trout streamer, but I have yet to find a pattern anywhere on the internet. Does anybody know if this pattern?
Oldredbarn
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Mar 11, 2010March 11th, 2010, 2:58 pm EST
Brent,

Maybe you heard of this from Bob Linsenman's book "Michigan Trout Streams"? He actually has a photo there of Hugh Beaman and some discussion of his streamer. Bob owns the Au Sable Angler shop in Mio. He has a web site and maybe you can contact them there for more info.

He says in there that it's a variation of the Black Ghost tied 8-12. Body is black wool ribbed with gold tinsel. It has a white hackle wing with either a red or yellow throat (hackle fibers) tied sparse and lightly weighted.

Hope this helps!

Spence
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