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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Trailman on Apr 21, 2017April 21st, 2017, 11:06 am EDT
I have been doing a lot of research on Fly Fishing and I am ready to bite the bullet, and try it out.

I have selected the Redington Preditor 9' 8 wt Fly Rod, I got it for a good price New for $175 and it comes with the lifetime Warranty.

My questions are:

1. Will this be a good Rod to fish small game?

2. How do I equip the line for a small Fly dry or wet? mostly wet Flies.

3. Do I need the same wt Reel or can I use a 5/6 wt Reel with my 8 wt Fly Rod?

Thank you for the help.
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Troutnut on Apr 21, 2017April 21st, 2017, 11:59 am EDT
Hi Trailman,

I'm afraid that rod is heavier than you'll want for small fish. It would be more appropriate for mid-sized salmon or steelhead, pike, or large bass.

As for equipping it, I would suggest finding a fly shop or sporting goods store nearby who can get you set up with starter gear that's well matched for the kind of fishing you want to do.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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