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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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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 Apr 25, 2014April 25th, 2014, 9:56 pm EDT
Does anyone have a solution for that fish that is taking caddis after they bounce a time or two? I've tied some bivisible style flies (with all Cree hackle) and put sparse CDC wings on them to try out, but wonder if anyone else has already solved this one. The fish in mind is ignoring dead drifts and flies "twitched": it wants the fly to actually bounce a time or two above the surface, then it pounces on the caddis. You probably know the drill.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on Apr 26, 2014April 26th, 2014, 10:34 am EDT
Hi Louis-

Have you considered dapping? I believe that would be the most effective way to imitate the bouncing behavior of an egg-laying caddis.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Martinlf on Apr 26, 2014April 26th, 2014, 4:28 pm EDT
Roger, I hadn't. Thanks. It may be difficult to get close enough to make this work, but it's worth a try. It did work for me a few weeks ago on a fish feeding on olives in an eddy whose currents defeated all other attempts.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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JOHNW on Apr 26, 2014April 26th, 2014, 6:30 pm EDT
Tenkara or as my redneck friends call them Crappie Poles (that 10' monstrosity of yours might do the trick.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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PaulRoberts on Apr 29, 2014April 29th, 2014, 7:22 pm EDT
Lafontaine's "Dancing Caddis", fished on a 20ft Tenkara-style pole? Or maybe a hand-line lowered down from a bridge? Can't win em all I guess. But keep at it. :)

Reminds me of how we kids would tear the white tags from our shirt collars and dap them on hand-lines from the concrete walls lining the Barge Canal for rock bass and smallmouth during the drake emergences there. We would dance and vibrate the "fly" on the surface making a pretty lively and realistic presentation.

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