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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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Report at a Glance

General RegionElk Creek
Specific LocationVarious - from Uncle John's all the way to Folly's
Dates FishedNovember 04 - 08
Time of Day8:00 - 12:00 2:00 - 5:00
Fish CaughtMe Zero, my two friends you wwouldn't believe me!
Conditions & HatchesEgg flies, sucker spawn, Krystal Meth, and emerald shiner streamers

Details and Discussion

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 13, 2018November 13th, 2018, 11:25 am EST
I didn't go on this trip as I had just returned the Wednesday prior and needed to do some fall clean-up and spend time with my wife.

I didn't go up last week but a friend from NY and another from NJ met at Elk and absolutely crushed the chrome. Most of their fishing was from Route 5 up to Folly's. One day they fished at what I call Cascade below Uncle John's. The last time I was there no fishing was permitted under the Route 20 bridge in Girard due to bridge repair. Makes sense since big pieces of concrete might fall off the bridge.

Back to the fishing my one friend is a skilled nympher and over the course of four days he hooked between 100 and 120 steelhead. He lost count and he does not BS. He had good success on the emerald shiner streamer and a light colored Krystal Meth; white, cream, light pink. The entire emerald shiner is tied with various colors of Ice Dub. I have found the eye is crucial to the success of the fly. We have fished side by side with one fly having the 3D eye and the other guy with the identical fly but no eye and the catch rate was easily at least 3:1.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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bancroft michigan

Posts: 321
Partsman on Nov 16, 2018November 16th, 2018, 12:07 pm EST
Damn Matt, that is a cool report, I bought a switch rod a couple years ago for steelheading. The problem being the rivers I used to fish as a young guy are better fished out of boat by an old guy, that being me! I really want to swing some streamers for these guys I figure this out, and seeing these pics are getting motivated.
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Jeremy Limerick

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Hookie on Dec 29, 2018December 29th, 2018, 10:26 am EST
Been wanting to head up, I used to spend 80-90 days in Erie chasing steel but that was before having a family. Looks like you guys were into plenty of fish thanks for the report!
Love 2 Nymph!!!

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