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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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Spider on Jan 28, 2017January 28th, 2017, 3:57 am EST
Wanting to get back into fly fishing. Used to use the Sandy Mite quite a bit but don't know where to buy them locally (Phoenix, AZ). Any suggestions (either stores or on-line)?
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Taxon on Jan 28, 2017January 28th, 2017, 4:50 pm EST
Hi Spider,

Please see fhe following links:


Based on your post, I must assume you don't tie your own flies. If that is the case, then perhaps you can find a fly tier who would be willing to tie some for you, as this is a very old pattern, which is seemingly no longer commercially tied.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Crepuscular on Jan 29, 2017January 29th, 2017, 10:54 pm EST
If you can find someone to tie them, I would expect they wouldn't be cheap. There's a lot of effort in weaving hair hackles. I have never seen any of Pott's patterns for sale commercially, but I'm a North East guy. So maybe calling a shop or two in MT, may lead to a source? Specifically Angler's Roost in Hamilton, MT. since at one time the owner bought Pott's business after he died. Not the current owner but they may have a lead there. I'm sure there are other forums that you could try as well. Good luck. I'm sure you can find someone to sell you a woven body fly with simple wound feather hackle if you are looking for a substitute.
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PaulRoberts on Jan 31, 2017January 31st, 2017, 1:02 am EST
I have a couple "Mites". I found them streamside years ago, still pricked in their little cards with the name and address of the tyer. I believe they were woven and hackled with salt and peppery human hair, and I pictured a crusty old codger living alone in a cabin at streamside -Ted Kaczynsky-style.

So... I guess it's time I looked him up. This is pretty cool:

Turns out he's tyer of my own ilk: Work with what you've got.

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