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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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BRY on Mar 17, 2011March 17th, 2011, 12:20 am EDT
I have a MARK IV model 11 that was my dads it works but I need a screw that goes on the face anybody have any suggestions not interested in getting rid of it just repair probably not even use it
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Falsifly on Mar 17, 2011March 17th, 2011, 11:57 am EDT
I’m sure that Heddon used American Screw Threads falling under the inch-measuring system. There are basically four parameters that would determine the proper fastener.

  • Screw diameter
  • Number of threads per inch
  • Length in whole number and/or fraction of an inch
  • Screw head type i.e. countersunk or protruding head. These will break down further into more specific head designs and drive type such as Slotted or Phillips.

From there a choice can be made as to material, say stainless, or chrome plated steel Etc. If you can take the reel to any person knowledgeable in threaded fasteners I’m sure they can tell you what you need, but finding just one may be the problem.

When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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BRY on Mar 17, 2011March 17th, 2011, 2:00 pm EDT
THANKS Yeah i have been to several hardware stores and even a metal supply with know luck the biggest problem is something that small just isnt readily available its a 4 40 about an 1/8 to 3/8 maybe
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Entoman on Mar 21, 2011March 21st, 2011, 8:38 pm EDT
Hi BRY -

Can it be assumed the "real" value is sentimental? I have a lot of my Dad's old tackle too, and wouldn't dream of using it. It seems every time I look at the stuff I relive very pleasant memories. I don't know much about Heddon reels, but if made before at least as late as the 80's (when we still made stuff) they used American screws and I'm also pretty sure that the screws used for the frames were pretty standardized. You might be able to find an old used reel for sale and use it for parts? I doubt that you would have to get the same model for the screws to be interchangeable. Also look at Martin and Pflueger reels as well. Who knows? Maybe their screws would work. May have to spend a buck or two more, but you'll save a lot of time. Just a thought.

Best regards,

"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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BRY on Mar 28, 2011March 28th, 2011, 11:21 am EDT
Thanks for the ideas yeah been looking for old used ones as well

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