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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Jul 31, 2011July 31st, 2011, 5:30 am EDT
When these little guys are cruising the surface you can watch fish go airborne chasing them.
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Shawnny3 on Aug 1, 2011August 1st, 2011, 4:39 am EDT
Very cool pattern, Fred. I like the body profile a lot, and the double wing. To this untrained eye, it looks like you've nailed the proportions. Do they float, or are they just for show?

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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Aug 1, 2011August 1st, 2011, 6:11 am EDT
Thanks Shawn. The abdomen , thorax and head are created out of thread and deer hair and will float really well. The wings will make it difficult to cast. So I'll probably just dap with it. I was tying the amber wing for special project and it didn't make th cut so it'll get fished . It wont have the motion of the live counter-part but it should cast a siloette the fish are familiar with.I'll let you know how it works.

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