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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Wassick on Jun 8, 2016June 8th, 2016, 2:29 pm EDT
What opinions are out there on this wt and rod length as far as manufactures looking --for a good used one-- anybody have one? Or where's a good site to shop / anybody have an opinion on the TFO SIGNATURE2
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Wbranch on Jun 8, 2016June 8th, 2016, 5:46 pm EDT
You can look on Craigslist to see if any are being sold. If you PM me I will give you the email address of another fly fishing web site that has a classified section.

I recently sold a custom 7 1/2' #3 three piece rod that I built with top of the line TiN snake guides and a Fuji SIC stripper guide and a Bellinger nickel silver reel seat and black ash burl woos spacer for $150.

You should be able to get a used factory rod for $75-$85.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on Jun 8, 2016June 8th, 2016, 8:11 pm EDT
Cabelas Three Forks 3-piece 7 1/2' 3-weight...


Nice little rod, cheap as hell and perfect for small streams and ponds. Just used one tonight myself to haul in brookies and perch.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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