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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.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Richard Noob

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Noobrich on Nov 20, 2018November 20th, 2018, 11:22 am EST
We are planning on buying a number 8 or 7 approximately 11 foot switch rod.

We are noticing Max catch is available but do not know if the quality of the rod is reasonable.

Also we think we would get a better deal if we bought a combo.

Has anyone bought a switch rod and combo they are happy with and recommend

My budget is 400 to 700 Canadian for a rod reel backing and line
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 21, 2018November 21st, 2018, 5:31 am EST
I have a Redington 10' 6" #6 I like for swinging flies for Great Lakes steelhead. I didn't buy it as a combo though. I use an older Orvis SSS reel on it with a Rio #6 switch line. Can easily switch cast 75 feet with it. The text below is direct from the Redington web site;

Dually | 7116-4 Price $269.00

Line Weight7
Length11' 6"
Weight (oz)5.9

Handle B

The 7116-4 is the do-it-all switch rod for steelheading on smaller rivers or those rivers with tighter casting spaces. Recommended Skagit Grains: 450-475 Scandi Grains: 400-425
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Nov 21, 2018November 21st, 2018, 1:18 pm EST
I have the echo fiberglass 7 wt. switch rod, pretty neat. Im not sure its still available, I have two echo ion reels, one has airflo Skagit, and the other has rio switch chucker. I have not used it much, but I hope to remedy that soon.

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