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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Jmd123
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Jmd123 on Apr 24, 2016April 24th, 2016, 1:53 pm EDT
Hey guys, I just loaded up a new reel with a sink tip type 6 line. I got this for dredging the depths of a local lake which holds bigger perch and trout than I have been catching, and I will be fishing it with dumbbell-eyed flies like KBFs and Woolly Buggers (maybe some nymphs too). What type and length of leader would be appropriate for fishing this rig? The lake is 38 feet deep at the deepest, and I would like to try to get down to perhaps 15 feet if possible to see if there are bigger fish hiding in the depths.

Any recommendations from the gang would be most appreciated!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Roguerat on Apr 25, 2016April 25th, 2016, 9:14 am EDT
Jonathon-

I've been using Rio Versileaders to swing streamers for a while now, for $ 12-14 ea I can have a sink-tip that in the heavier versions will sink like a rock. What about their 12' 7 ips Versileader with flouro tippet to reach the 15' depths you need?

just a thought,

tight lines,

Roguerat

'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
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SE PA

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Afishinado on Apr 25, 2016April 25th, 2016, 10:36 am EDT
Hey guys, I just loaded up a new reel with a sink tip type 6 line. I got this for dredging the depths of a local lake which holds bigger perch and trout than I have been catching, and I will be fishing it with dumbbell-eyed flies like KBFs and Woolly Buggers (maybe some nymphs too). What type and length of leader would be appropriate for fishing this rig? The lake is 38 feet deep at the deepest, and I would like to try to get down to perhaps 15 feet if possible to see if there are bigger fish hiding in the depths.

Any recommendations from the gang would be most appreciated!

Jonathon


Straight mono or fluorocarbon 3' long +/-.

Longer leaders and/or tapered leaders cause the fly to ride up.

You can attach to your sinking line using a perfection or other loop knot.

Good luck catching the bigguns...

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