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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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Alexandria Pa

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JAD on Jun 29, 2010June 29th, 2010, 2:18 am EDT
If you think your Streamer is to large look at these.



They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
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Oldredbarn on Jun 29, 2010June 29th, 2010, 5:34 am EDT
Whoa!!! And I was just about to get ready for Tricos! Maybe I need to rethink this a bit...:)

I'm wondering if that trout was dead and floating downstream when that Brown picked it up? Maybe mis-handled release or over played fish? I have always heard about them sneaking up from behind...It's hard to tell...Maybe someone just tossed the rainbow in to a pool to see what would happen.

Incredible shots though.


Speaking of Tricos...I can never get over the idea that we were just fishing monster Hex and all of a sudden, instead of midnight fishing it's sun-up and tiny, tiny flies??? Strange!
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

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Flatstick96 on Jun 30, 2010June 30th, 2010, 8:07 am EDT
Our dad (a bait fisherman) loves to remind my brothers and I, as we're tying on our flies: "Remember guys, big fish like big food!"

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