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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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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Motrout on May 20, 2010May 20th, 2010, 2:56 pm EDT
I looking for a bamboo fly rod. Problem is, I don't have an indeterminate number of hundred dollar bills laying around. Is there any chance of finding a half-way serviceable bamboo rod for under $250? I'm willing to get a fairly heavily used rod, and I don't need an antique or a rod of excellent quality. I just want a decent looking split cane rod that at least won't cast much worse than my graphite rod. For me it's more of a nostalgia thing-I can cast just fine with my graphite rod, but I guess I've read one too many Gierach stories:)
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
Potter County, PA

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SlateDrake9 on May 23, 2010May 23rd, 2010, 2:53 am EDT
Go here:


Do some research before you buy. You'll be really unhappy with the results of just buying on price alone.
Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake
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Motrout on May 23, 2010May 23rd, 2010, 11:40 am EDT
I appreciate the link Slate Drake.

I wish I could avoid buying on price along, but I'm unfortunately just not in the position to spend more than $250 on a rod... It's not that I wouldn't be willing to spend more, it's just that I can't.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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Tctrout on May 23, 2010May 23rd, 2010, 3:56 pm EDT

Another easy solution is to find a bamboo rodmaker in your area (Ozarks?). Let me know when you're from and I will see if I know someone in that region I can refer you to.

Being a bamboo rodmaker, there are lots of options for guys who want a rod under $500, including taking an older rod, cutting it down, and then refinishing it. The taper is now modified and weight is a null issue. Without a doubt, cast the rod a number of times (determine if it has a large or small sweet spot in terms of distance) and see what kinds of casts you're able to make with it. For that money, you'll be buying a single-tip rod, thus ensure you're buying the rod for a particular style of fishing, i.e. dry fly, nymphing, etc.

On a miserable semi-related note, I was fishing with JAD this weekend and blew-up one of my own rods on a nice fish. The rod was a Leonard taper (Catskill), and the first bamboo I had ever made; nice, huh?


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