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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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GldstrmSam
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GldstrmSam on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 9:42 pm EDT
Are there any flies for Irish Lords, flounder or any other fish that you could catch off the shore of Kachemack Bay (Homer, AK) or a similar type of Bay? (Think deep water right of shore, old piers...).

Thanks in advance to you who will attempt to help me,

Sam
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Entoman on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 3:25 pm EDT
Sounds like a new avenue to explore, Sam. Wished I could help...
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GldstrmSam on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 4:38 pm EDT
I actually did some research yesterday on fly fishing for those fish.

I only found info for flounder, and I only saw one good article at that. Here it is: http://www.gulffishing.com/flyingflounder052.html.

Sam
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
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Troutnut on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 7:33 pm EDT
I bet you could catch some pollock with streamers on a sinking line at that spot where lots of people fish off the tip of the spit. It generally helps to cast out really far, though, so I don't know how you'd do. I just fished there with a spinning rod and live bait, and caught lots of pollock and yellowfin sole, and one sculpin.

Fly fishing is really more of a freshwater thing in Alaska. It can be done in the salt (especially for salmon) but you have to really want it to go after bottomfish on the fly here.
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GldstrmSam
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GldstrmSam on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 9:19 pm EDT
Thanks Jason!

I was just throwing this idea out there for curiosity's sake because I might be going down there this summer.

What size do most of those fish you mentioned run. In other words if I did happen to try it, would a 4/5 weight rod be fine?
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Troutnut on Apr 18, 2012April 18th, 2012, 2:33 pm EDT
Most of those fish are 1-3 pounds, so they'd be great fun on a 5-weight. The main challenge will be casting distance. If you go down there, I really recommend bringing some spin-fishing gear with moderately heavy sinkers, so you can cast really far and get down to the bottom quickly. Fly fishing really isn't the best approach to that spot, but if you want to try it for the challenge, go for it!
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GldstrmSam
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GldstrmSam on Apr 18, 2012April 18th, 2012, 3:51 pm EDT
Thanks Jason!

I definitely will take spinning gear down with me, but since I'll have my fly rod with me I might do some of that for variety.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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