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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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Alanson, MI

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TimCat on Jul 19, 2016July 19th, 2016, 4:08 pm EDT
As a person who does mainly small-stream fishing, I am itching to try these tactics out. I will hopefully be able to get a fly to way more spots on the brush-lined rivers I am usually fishing.

Combining the bow and arrow with the roll cast is ingenious. He also shows how to gather extra line in your hand to make the standard bow and arrow cast longer. Just watch... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv45vyAC3f0
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Jul 20, 2016July 20th, 2016, 7:28 am EDT
Great post! I use frequently use the "bow and arrow" when im fishing up in the Adirondacks, sometimes, its the only option yu have. Im gonna try getting more distance by holding the line further up like he did but, in order for it to be effective, looks like you REALLY gotta bend that rod back!
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PaulRoberts on Jul 20, 2016July 20th, 2016, 11:25 am EDT
I do a lot of B&A casting, and using Joe's/George's extended distance techniques. And, yeah, you've got to get the rod loaded deeply. Soft rods won't do the trick. Need some power all the way out into the tip. Also gotta watch smacking the tip on wood and rocks. Ouch!
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Jul 20, 2016July 20th, 2016, 12:04 pm EDT
Really cool trick to combine it with a roll cast. I'll have to give that a try on the small stream where I study dwarf dollies. Lots of bow-and-arrow cast opportunities there.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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