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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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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Feb 8, 2011February 8th, 2011, 8:13 am EST
Hi all,
I have just recently heard of the passing of Sylvester Nemes. Mr. Nemes was, pretty much, responsible for reintroducing the soft-hackle fly to the world of fly fishing, at least, here in the US. His wonderful books on tying and fishing these flies leave a great legacy to all who love to fly fish. He will be greatly missed.

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

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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Feb 9, 2011February 9th, 2011, 3:50 am EST
Sorry to hear that Mark!

He tied some pretty flies and I love his somewhat over looked book "Spinners"...I have a signed copy with one of his actual flies attached to the title page of the book.

Another champion of the "old-school" gone! I'm glad he was one that, at least, got some of it down in print form.

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Sayfu on Nov 17, 2011November 17th, 2011, 11:00 am EST

I sent Sylvester out to a riffle run of even current where I thought his soft hackles would work well. They had worked well for me on this run. After a Sat. session at the vice during our big show, Sylvester had time to fish for a short interval. I wanted to take him, but didn't press it. He had a fishing partner to drive him. Shortly after the show some 5-6 years ago, Sylvester was taken ill, and I think until this announcement.
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Nov 17, 2011November 17th, 2011, 2:56 pm EST

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