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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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Rhode Island

Posts: 7
MarshallP on Aug 30, 2015August 30th, 2015, 9:21 am EDT
Just found one of these rods for sale at $275. It's a blast to cast but a bit heavy.

Anyone know anything about these rods? Materials? etc?
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Aug 30, 2015August 30th, 2015, 7:02 pm EDT
I have an SP 490-3 that I like. It's a medium action rod, a bit softer than the faster action rods that I fish mostly now. My Cabela's 9' 3 weight LSI has become my trico rod these days, but for a long time I used the SP to help protect fine tippets. It's a very smooth casting rod. You can use Google to find more about the specs.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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