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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Mar 6, 2015March 6th, 2015, 3:21 pm EST
I've read the discussion here and people really seem to like Collins Hackle and Herbert Minor feathers for dry fly tying. Anyone ever try the Commercial Grade Deal from Collins, the Commercial Grab Bag for $60? That includes four capes of their choice.
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Mar 7, 2015March 7th, 2015, 2:03 am EST
No, I'm always looking for a specific color

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TNEAL on Mar 7, 2015March 7th, 2015, 4:51 am EST
I have. It's a great deal with a lot of quality hackle for $60. The only drawback is you can't name your color.

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