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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Bend, Oregon

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Wenmink on Apr 9, 2014April 9th, 2014, 8:39 am EDT
Hello, I know nothing about fishing or fly fishing so I hope you seasoned pros can help me choose a gift for my husband. He is very interested in learning to fly fish. I would like to get him some equipment to get started. I want to start out with a bare bones beginner's set since he might end up changing his mind and going back to just lake fishing. There is an affordable set at LL Bean starting at $79 and up. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/2136?nav=bc&subrnd=0&page=fly-fishing-outfits#/llb/search/?freeText=Beginner+Fishing+Outfits&nav=p1-2136

Not sure which one would be the best choice or do you all think the less expensive ones are not worth it? I read that the Orvis streamline combo is great for beginners but they have sold out of it at the price of $129 and I can't afford much more than that.

I'm not looking for super expensive since I figure once my husband gets into it and has more experience he will choose a better quality one in the future. Also not sure of the weights to get. I live in Central Oregon so there is a plethora of fishing spots of all types. He has talked about landlocked salmon and fishing on rivers and creeks more.

Hope someone can help! Thanks.
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Plano, TX

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Taxon on Apr 9, 2014April 9th, 2014, 10:39 am EDT
Hi Michelle-

Given the LL Bean combo options in the link you provided, I would choose the Quest II Two-Piece Fly Rod Outfit @ $99 with a 9' 5 Wt. rod, Item #:TA234597.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Apr 9, 2014April 9th, 2014, 3:44 pm EDT
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Bend, Oregon

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Wenmink on Apr 9, 2014April 9th, 2014, 6:33 pm EDT
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your input!
Cincinnati, OH

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TroutBums on Oct 11, 2014October 11th, 2014, 5:47 pm EDT
This is a pretty old thread, but a question asked hundreds of times a day. Once you decide to become a fly fishing nut, here is an idea that can introduce you to fly fishing and reduce frustration. Go to this URL and you will see what I mean.


I hope this thread gets active again, especially this time of year...Christmas is a good time to introduce newbies to fly fishing

Ted Holcomb

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