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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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Report at a Glance

General RegionSouth Central PA
Specific LocationTulpehocken Creek
Dates FishedJune 9
Time of Day5:30 a.m. (for Matt, me 6) till about 1:30
Fish CaughtBrowns and Rainbows
Conditions & HatchesWater was a bit turbid, emerald and tan caddis, tricos. Cloudy then mostly sunny, wind picked up as the day progressed.

Details and Discussion

Martinlf's profile picture
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3047
Martinlf on Jun 11, 2012June 11th, 2012, 3:40 am EDT
Met Matt Hainst on the Tully. There is no way to spot burn this stream as it's well known and visited by everyone within 100 miles. Even so, I won't say exactly where we fished, but I started upstream a few miles nymphing, then joined Matt downstream for some dry fly action. We both caught fish and we both had refusals, but a good time was had by all, except a dozen or so fish who were, after a bit of exercise and further education, released. I had fish up to 14 inches, and Matt some bigger, I believe, but Matt can correct me if I'm wrong about this. No photos that I know of. The fish were fat and healthy, if well-schooled.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Oldredbarn's profile picture
Novi, MI

Posts: 2600
Oldredbarn on Jun 11, 2012June 11th, 2012, 1:40 pm EDT
The fish were fat and healthy, if well-schooled.

Louis...If they weren't "well-schooled" before you and Matt showed up, they are now! :)

"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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