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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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Roguerat on Apr 10, 2016April 10th, 2016, 8:41 am EDT
Sitting at my tying bench today, freezing rain, sleet, and snow outside and streams under a flood advisory again.

I'm experimenting with the silicone on a needle technique for extended bodies on whatever fly and getting some good results. The only caveat would be to use a lighter shade of dubbing wound onto the silicone-coated needle since it darkens considerably, noticeably so with natural (my go-to bunny hair blends) vs. synthetics.

Otherwise I think its a neat way to whip up some longer-bodied flies such as Hexes and the big Drakes- fast, nice results, and kind of fun. After a couple practice cripples only minutes to do a usable body.

I'll try to progress to smaller needles and bodies soon, I can tie only so many Hexes before I want to scale down to the Iso's and Hendricksons.

I'm also thinking of slipping some clips of 20 or 30-pound test mono into the vise and wrapping it with silicone and dubbing with no need to pull the line out, a hybrid method but curiosity beckons.

Spring seems a long way off...

Roguerat

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