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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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Thethrill02
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Thethrill02 on Jan 27, 2017January 27th, 2017, 11:37 am EST

Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 27, 2017January 27th, 2017, 12:29 pm EST
Well that is about as vague an inquiry as I have ever seen. Where do you live? What state? What do you want to fish for, trout, bass, panfish, catfish, give us a clue. Do you want to fly fish, spin fish? Do you want to fish in moving water, stillwater, or both? Wade or in a boat?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Thethrill02
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Thethrill02 on Jan 27, 2017January 27th, 2017, 2:04 pm EST
Well, I live in California. Im targeting trout on the American River with a fly rod. I'm curious if there's anything I can do to catch some trout at this time, or if I should wait till the spring.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jan 28, 2017January 28th, 2017, 6:34 am EST
Thethrill02 wrote;

I'm curious if there's anything I can do to catch some trout at this time, or if I should wait till the spring.


Sorry mate I don't know anything about fishing is California. Perhaps you could go to a local fishing store or Bass Pro store if one is near you and ask the guys behind the counter. Also try Googling "winter trout fishing on the American River" and see what hits you get. Maybe there are some steelhead in the river now.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Trailman on Apr 21, 2017April 21st, 2017, 11:12 am EDT
I too live in California and I am wondering myself lol. Since I am new to this also.
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Snowflake, AZ

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P_SWAngler on May 2, 2018May 2nd, 2018, 4:11 am EDT
What I would do is go to Google. Find a stream, river, or lake that you are interested in fishing and google the fishing report. If there are fish in it its likely someone else has fished it before you and written about it. Orvis usually has a pretty decent fishing report on most creeks and rivers. That being said, sometimes there are creeks that nobody knows about. When I lived in Utah I was able to find one that had wild rainbows, and nobody I ever talked to even knew there were fish in it.
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Jmd123 on May 2, 2018May 2nd, 2018, 4:31 am EDT
Not sure about CA, but many if not most states will have web pages on their fishing opportunities, as well as rules, regs, license info, etc. I spent a summer in Arizona and before going I went to their state fisheries website for info, and it was very helpful for a state that is on the opposite side of the country from Michigan. Look up "State DNR" or whatever it might be called in CA, and they should have some info on species and etc. for you. Best of luck!

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

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