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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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Milesburg, Pa

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Jlh42581 on Jan 17, 2007January 17th, 2007, 9:56 am EST
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Martinsburg, WV

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Brett on Jan 17, 2007January 17th, 2007, 12:20 pm EST
It is intriguing that trout take in so much non-food. During my research on the Cumberland River we did a modest food habits study of trout. I was surprised how often I found globs of aquatic moss, rocks, pieces of wood and other things that bore no resemblance to food. More than 30% of fish had such stuff in their bellies. I've watched as trout will nose up into moss beds and shake the vegetation and seemingly ingest stuff. Are they going for a specific critter? Is it their instincts telling them this is where food should be? Are they just trying to "fill the void" when they are hungry and nothing is hatching? I've also heard regularly that trout often take drifting clumps of moss and leaves. I can see how this happens.

On our tailwater streams, the onset of generation stirs up bugs and lifts them into the water column. There is lots of food in the drift as the water rises. Thus many tailwater guys like to "fish the rising water" due to its tendency to turn the fishing on. During such times you'll see trout suddenly flash by at drifting detritus. Some of the folks on Atlanta's Chattahoochee River have an olive marabou "moss" fly for such situations.
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