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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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West Tennessee

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Lippisch on Oct 1, 2012October 1st, 2012, 7:29 am EDT
Good morning. I currently have a 4wt and would like to acquire to Zenith series rod and was wondering since I already own a 4wt, would there be a big difference vs a 5wt? I am thinking that a 6wt may be a better choice since I already have a 4wt. Agree/Disagree? Thanks in advance for any help.
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Oct 1, 2012October 1st, 2012, 11:58 am EDT
What species do you fish for? That will help determine appropriate rod weight.
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PaulRoberts on Oct 1, 2012October 1st, 2012, 12:13 pm EDT
Here's a recent conversation on rod weights:

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Fairbanks, Alaska

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GldstrmSam on Oct 1, 2012October 1st, 2012, 12:17 pm EDT
Welcome Aboard Lippisch,

I see that you are in Tennessee so this probably won't be much help because this was for Alaska.

When I asked a friend about this subject he said that an 8wt was the best all round rod because even though it would be over for grayling and small trout it could handle most kings and everything in between.

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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