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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
LittleJ on Jun 11, 2007June 11th, 2007, 2:06 pm EDT
I'm going to be heading down towards Wilmington NC this Aug for vacation.
I'm going to try my luck in the salt for the first time. My question is do any of you have any beginer advice. I was planning on buying an 8wt rod so I can use it for steelhead as well,but I'm not sure if it will be to small. I will also be fishing in the surf most of the time but am planning on hiring a guide for one day. Prob. for sea trout and flounder...that's just a guess though because I'm not sure what is off the coast that time of year. If any one could recomend a guide/tackle/flies/rigging? I guess any advice at all would be useful.
Thanks,
Jeff

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