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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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Wbranch
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Wbranch on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 4:44 am EST
Planning a trip to the Magalloway and Rapid rivers in mid May for a week of wild brook trout. These are the first traditional streamers I have tied in at least twenty-five years. I'm not very pleased with the marabou Gray & Black Ghosts but do think the two feather wing flies are better. One is called the Golden Demon and the other is a Green King.





Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 9:11 am EST
I don't think fish will turn away from those ties. They look pretty good to me. They are plenty good enough to fish. Have a great trip and don't forget to post some pictures, Matt.
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Jmd123 on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 9:44 am EST
Nice flies. Did you use chenille for the body on the Black Ghosts? I use to make mine with black floss, the only problem being that the flat tinsel would sometimes slip...maybe some silver sparkle-braid instead? The others look just fantastic! 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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Wbranch on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 9:51 am EST
Jonathon,

Did you use chenille for the body on the Black Ghosts?


Yep, I can't fool you. I don't have any black floss so I improvised with black chenille. It's funny in that at one time I had dozens of colors of multi strand silk and synthetic flosses. I rarely used them so about five years ago I gave them all away. Now I needed them. I tied some Gray Ghosts and had no orange floss so had to substitute with fluorescent orange two strand yarn.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Jmd123 on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 11:42 am EST
BTW, you aren't going to be in blueback trout country, are you? I know they only occur in a certain part of Maine, don't know if that's any where near where you will be. I do hear that the brookies up there get to a pretty good size!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 1:00 pm EST
Going to be fishing the Magalloway and Rapid rivers in the Rangeley region. big wild brookies in a wild and scenic setting. No roads accessible to rivers. All walk-in at least one mile to get to the river. Drive on crappy gravel logging roads for 20-30 miles.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Leakyboots
Hermitage,pa

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Leakyboots on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 8:14 pm EST
Looks like some old favorites, you missed one, the Mickey Finn. Good luck on your trip.
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Wbranch on Feb 21, 2017February 21st, 2017, 10:34 pm EST
The Mickey Finns are on the list to tie. I have a bunch I tied for Atlantic salmon a couple of years ago. I tied a bunch for a buddy going to he Miramichi for a week. Most were #4 doubles and #8 singles on up eye salmon hooks. I want to tie half a dozen on straight eye #6 6X long shanks. Going to order the hooks today.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRoberts
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PaulRoberts on Feb 22, 2017February 22nd, 2017, 1:24 am EST
Very pretty. Sounds like a wonderful time ahead.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Feb 22, 2017February 22nd, 2017, 10:41 am EST
Thanks Paul.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Feb 23, 2017February 23rd, 2017, 12:32 pm EST
Beautiful flies, Matt. Have fun.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Mar 23, 2017March 23rd, 2017, 4:11 am EDT
Update to my Brook Trout flies, I've tied two of each and will be pinching the barbs when I get there;

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on Mar 26, 2017March 26th, 2017, 11:54 am EDT
Beautiful flies, Matt! Those are just lovely and so colorful. Looks like you found some black floss for your Black Ghosts...;oD

Can't wait to see these hanging from some spectacular brookies' mouths!

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

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