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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 1:51 pm EDT
I'm always confused by what size scud hook correlates to a regular shank dry fly hook. Just ask Antonio. I know he gets tired of me asking him. Is there a chart?
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Sayfu on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 12:01 pm EDT
They should tell you on the box....1x short, or 2x short meaning 2 hook sizes.
But how far around the shank do you apply body material? I consider this slightly arbitrary.

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