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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Martinlf on Feb 1, 2014February 1st, 2014, 4:40 am EST
John Dunn, who I believe has posted here as Caddisman, just sent me this. It's pretty cool. I recommend full screen.

http://vimeo.com/85147880
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Crepuscular on Feb 1, 2014February 1st, 2014, 4:42 am EST
Yeah I came across this yesterday Louis. Very cool
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Entoman on Feb 2, 2014February 2nd, 2014, 9:21 am EST
Fascinating! What a beautiful little video. It sure demonstrates why dry fly fishing can be difficult when trout are focused on hovering adults. This scenario is very common on Western ponds and lakes. Now if I can just figure out how to get my fly to hover 3" above the water... :)

Thanks for the link, Louis!
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PaulRoberts on Feb 2, 2014February 2nd, 2014, 4:16 pm EST
Wonderful. Wow. What a world. Thank you, Louis!
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Crepuscular on Feb 3, 2014February 3rd, 2014, 6:47 am EST
It sure demonstrates why dry fly fishing can be difficult when trout are focused on hovering adults. This scenario is very common on Western ponds and lakes. Now if I can just figure out how to get my fly to hover 3" above the water... :)


If you figure it out let me know, because I think I could use that technique on the Siphloplecton basale hatch around here. ;)
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PaulRoberts on Feb 3, 2014February 3rd, 2014, 1:58 pm EST
Dapping with a two fly rig using a bulky or weighted fly as the point?
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Martinlf on Feb 3, 2014February 3rd, 2014, 2:52 pm EST
And some stout tippet on a limber rod!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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RMlytle on Feb 11, 2014February 11th, 2014, 10:23 am EST
I was happy when I come across a situation like this, albeit with dragonflies on a bass pond, and there were plenty of sparse branches. I could just pitch casts over the branches and twitch the fly a few inches above the surface. When the fish took, the branches would bend down and free the line.
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PaulRoberts on Feb 12, 2014February 12th, 2014, 2:39 pm EST
And some stout tippet on a limber rod!

Yes! Fish actually have weight when not suspended in water.
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Gus on Feb 14, 2014February 14th, 2014, 8:54 am EST
Wow, amazing video!
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Martinlf on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 1:25 pm EDT
From 2014. Came across this and found it just as cool as before.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oldredbarn on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 7:23 pm EDT
From 2014. Came across this and found it just as cool as before.


Yes...I remember this! Timely Louis...

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