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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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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Aug 28, 2018August 28th, 2018, 2:50 am EDT
Ok so I don’t have a lot of experience fishing emergers but know that trout take them a lot , perhaps more than the duns and spinners. I’ve had some luck fishing them employing the leaiaenring lift with a tiny piece of shot but don’t have confidence in my abilities to get them in the surface film. Any advice?


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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Aug 29, 2018August 29th, 2018, 1:56 pm EDT
There are many kinds of emergers. If you're fishing a nymph-like emerger or soft hackle, try powdering it or greasing it to put it in the film. If you can't see it, you can drop it about 18" off the hook bend of a more visible dry, which can serve as an indicator. A klinkhamer style emerger can be fished just like a dry, but the butt will be under, and some fish seem to like that.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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