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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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Bobbyg
North Carolina

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Bobbyg on May 17, 2010May 17th, 2010, 2:54 am EDT
As sulphur activity is really starting to pick up on my two favorite tailwaters, I was wondering if anyone has a favorite soft hackle pattern they employ.

I'm not a fly tyer but I certainly have a ton of respect for those that know their way around a vise!

This is one I use, tied for me by my buddy out in Idaho.
Very effective, for me any way. Across and down on a 12' to 15' 6x leader. The browns will take it anywhere in the swing.

Just looking for some other options.
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after."

- Henry David Thoreau
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on May 17, 2010May 17th, 2010, 4:51 am EDT
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders: http://www.troutnut.com/libstudio/FS&S/index.html
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 17, 2010May 17th, 2010, 6:06 am EDT
Gorgeous fies, as always, Mark. I love it when you post these up. It motivates me to use wet flies more and gives me many ideas on tying. The color mix on the tups is very much in line with the idea of blending in different colors offered in another thread.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Softhackle
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on May 17, 2010May 17th, 2010, 2:32 pm EDT
Thanks, Louis!

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders: http://www.troutnut.com/libstudio/FS&S/index.html
CaseyP
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on May 17, 2010May 17th, 2010, 3:05 pm EDT
Mark, the Tupps did a very nice job for me on Spruce Creek PA today in the rain. nothing quite like those wonderful old-fashioned wets, especially when attached to a Klinkhammar-style to match.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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