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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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SumoLumo
Dallastown Pa

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SumoLumo on Dec 31, 2018December 31st, 2018, 3:58 pm EST
Hi. Newbie here. I searched forum and didnt see any posts about this. If there are i am sorry. I have 32" thighs/quads without jeans on and 22" calves. I can NOT find a pair of hip waders to fit. Any suggestions. PLEASE HELP. I have reached out to many sellers online with no success. I plan on hiking thru brush as well. Most streams will not be past knee high. Thanks in advance.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 1, 2019January 1st, 2019, 10:21 am EST
Cut back on the squats and other free weights for a year or two.

Seriously hip boots are often more restrictive than waist of chest waders. You should consider breathable waist waders. I think the calf area will offer more room for you to feel comfortable. The cost for a decent pair is about $100. But then you also need a pair of wading shoes.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Jan 1, 2019January 1st, 2019, 2:31 pm EST
Matt is right.

I did see this on the general discussion section and mentioned Dan Baily. I also posted a site with many brands you can look at.

But even with chest waders, you're going to have to find a brand where the calf area has plenty of room. They are not all alike. For instance, Caddis chest waders have a smaller calf area. But they also have hip waders. So if you haven't looked at those, contact them and ask about sizing.

Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 2, 2019January 2nd, 2019, 7:58 am EST
One nice thing about the Caddis wading shoes are they are designed to be true to size of your street shoe. So if you wear a size 12 shoe everyday a size 12 Caddis wading shoe will be the correct size for one pair of wading socks. I have three pairs of the Caddis shoes, each one a different model for different applications. For rivers with lots of rubble and big rocks I prefer a wading shoe with strong synthetic uppers that reach up above my ankles a few inches and have padding around the outside edge. In my opinion it is hard to beat the Simms Freestones.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Jan 2, 2019January 2nd, 2019, 11:13 am EST
One nice thing about the Caddis wading shoes are they are designed to be true to size of your street shoe. So if you wear a size 12 shoe everyday a size 12 Caddis wading shoe will be the correct size for one pair of wading socks. I have three pairs of the Caddis shoes, each one a different model for different applications. For rivers with lots of rubble and big rocks I prefer a wading shoe with strong synthetic uppers that reach up above my ankles a few inches and have padding around the outside edge. In my opinion it is hard to beat the Simms Freestones.



Amen.
SumoLumo
Dallastown Pa

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SumoLumo on Jan 4, 2019January 4th, 2019, 11:30 am EST
Caddis reached back out to me and cant fit my calf size. Thank you for the reply.
SumoLumo
Dallastown Pa

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SumoLumo on Jan 4, 2019January 4th, 2019, 11:32 am EST
Cut back on the squats and other free weights for a year or two.

Seriously hip boots are often more restrictive than waist of chest waders. You should consider breathable waist waders. I think the calf area will offer more room for you to feel comfortable. The cost for a decent pair is about $100. But then you also need a pair of wading shoes.


I did quit with the squats. LoL. Chest waders are to long in the inseam to get ones that fit. I am afraid i may be going the custom route. Thank you for the reply
Tln1313
PA

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Tln1313 on Jan 6, 2019January 6th, 2019, 1:47 am EST
While not inexpensive, Simms and Patagonia both offer their waders in short lengths. I have a short in the Patagonias. They work well for my shortish inseam and large quads and beefy calves.

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