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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Dorsal view of a Brachycentrus (Brachycentridae) (Grannom) Caddisfly Pupa from Cayuta Creek in New York
The green blob contained in this case is a pupa in the early stages of transformation from larva to the final stage we generally picture and imitate. This specimen and several like it were fixed to a rock I picked up, and each one had the front of its case sealed off, protecting the helpless pupa from predation. It's neat to see the insect part-way through such a radical transformation.

It was very hard to extract this thing from its case, so there's a bit of extra goo near the head from where I accidentally punctured it.
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Powderfinge on Jan 8, 2017January 8th, 2017, 10:52 pm EST
what pattern/colors do u find effective? thanks
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PABrownie on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 12:57 am EST
Jeez man, I already responded to your other grannom post, but I didn't realize you were talking about the j! Seriously, grannom soft hackles are freakin killers !
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Feathers5 on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 2:35 am EST
I use a size 16 gray hackle peacock. You may be able to use a size 14 early in the hatch. Just like PABrownie says, "they're freakin' killers.
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Powderfinge on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 3:03 pm EST
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Wbranch on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 10:57 pm EST
Please do a Forum search for prior Grannom threads there are likely pages of posts.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jan 10, 2017January 10th, 2017, 1:26 pm EST
Or just look below at "Related Discussions."
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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