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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Shanti
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Shanti on Jul 9, 2012July 9th, 2012, 5:40 am EDT
I have rod I use a lot on one of my small streams. I am on the train to it now btw. A friend of mine built it some five years ago. It's a Rainshadow 7', and I like best with a 3wt- line. It has a deep blueish color. Quite stiff in the butt section. Any suggestions on what model it could be and where I might find it?
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Strmanglr on Jul 9, 2012July 9th, 2012, 6:57 am EDT
Chances are it's not in production anymore but probably an updated version of that blank. I checked Janns Netcraft and the smallest rainshadow they have is a 7'6" blank. I don't believe they make assembled rods, only blanks.
Shanti
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Shanti on Jul 9, 2012July 9th, 2012, 12:37 pm EDT
Thanks Strmanglr, a blank is what I'm looking for. It's probably no longer available, I'll try one of their newer 6,6' instead.
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Shanti
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Shanti on Jul 28, 2012July 28th, 2012, 11:11 am EDT
Three blanks arrived yesterday.
And yes, of course I need three 2-weights..
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PaulRoberts on Jul 28, 2012July 28th, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT
Rainshadow is made/distributed by Batson Enterprises. They list a huge selection. They are also very responsive to inquiries.
Shanti
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Shanti on Jul 29, 2012July 29th, 2012, 2:20 am EDT
Rainshadow is made/distributed by Batson Enterprises. They list a huge selection. They are also very responsive to inquiries.


And I really like the fact that there's no prints on the blanks, no names or specs. This leaves more room for your own creativity.
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PaulRoberts on Jul 29, 2012July 29th, 2012, 5:21 am EDT
Yes, I agree. I made a Batson 7-1/2 XF 4wt a couple years ago. I wanted to make it a small stream stealth rod -all flat black - but my aesthetic side had to have its say and it ended up with golden-olive wraps. There are pics on here somewhere.
Martin595
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Martin595 on Jul 5, 2013July 5th, 2013, 11:09 pm EDT
The rod identification can be made simply from their size and metal used in it. As the different types of rod, there is different material.


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