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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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Columbia county,NY

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Stokes on Nov 5, 2013November 5th, 2013, 12:25 pm EST
I have 2 different Orvis Clearwater rods,a 5wt and 2wt.I know they are Orvis' "economy" models but to me they are great.I did have a cheap Berkley 5wt and can see that the clearwaters are so much better,lighter,load up so much better,etc.My question,and I know its all subjective,are these "higher end" rods going for $500 and way up,really worth the investment?As I say,I realize it is very subjective and the only real way to know is to try it,not the kind of thing you order on line,just like to hear opinions from you guys more experienced in this obsession.
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PaulRoberts on Nov 5, 2013November 5th, 2013, 2:02 pm EST
Here's one piece of objective advice on rod pricing vs performance:

I am more apt to put some money into longer rods (8-1/2 or longer) bc here is where you begin to really reap the benefits of higher modulus materials and formulations. For shorter rods the ability to maintain some rigidity (crispness) and still have a light rod can be done with lesser materials. In fact, to slow rods down some short rod enthusiasts like glass. You don't see many long glass rods anymore -clubs they are.

So, for short rods, I'm happy with lower/moderate end rods. But for long rods, I'm willing to shell out the bucks.
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Central New York

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Al514 on Nov 5, 2013November 5th, 2013, 2:14 pm EST
@Paul Roberts.....well said.

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