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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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RMlytle
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Jan 24, 2015January 24th, 2015, 6:16 pm EST
I might have the chance to go up to the Salmon River (New York) this March or April for steelhead. Does anyone have any helpful advise as far as flies and techniques for that time of year? Are there any small tribs that could be good for some sight fishing?
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 25, 2015January 25th, 2015, 6:03 am EST
From what I've heard from friends who have gone up and a few articles I've seen in newspapers from the area the steelhead fishing has been absolutely terrible. Guys are spending the entire weekend up there and not touching a fish. There are a number of smaller creeks that enter the Salmon River. One is named Orwell Brook and another is called Trout Brook. Both of these tribs near the Pineville bridge. Trout Brook enters the SR on just north side of the bridge. Orwell creek also enters from the north side of the river a few miles south of the town of Altmar. Way down at the Lake and a bit south of where the Salmon River enters the lake is Grindstone Creek. It goes right under the road.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 25, 2015January 25th, 2015, 6:10 am EST
For flies in the spring you can't go wrong with Blood Dots, various colors of sucker spawn, typical nymphs but on 1x or 2x strong hooks,a Prince, Hares Ear, Black stoneflies. If you swing I like some of the more traditional hair wing steelhead patterns as well as some of the newer marabou flies.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
RMlytle
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Jan 25, 2015January 25th, 2015, 2:49 pm EST
Thanks, I'm hoping it somehow improves a bit. I've heard from a few guys that have done terribly and a few that had some really good days. Fingers crossed!

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