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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this 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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Gt2003
Broken Arrow, Ok

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Gt2003 on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 11:46 am EDT
I've never fished an indicator. If I put on an indicator, do I need to change leader size? My current plan is to fish wooly buggers with a 2x-3x leader and no indicator.

If I choose to fish nymphs with an indicator, should I still use the fly size/3-4 OR will the indicator make a difference in leader size?
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 1:31 pm EDT
I really don't see how it would make a difference. Of course, you don't want an indicator too small that the weight of the fly takes it under. But as for leader size, I really can't think of anything you should worry about.

Just make sure the length of the leader and tippet is long enough from the indicator to the fly to reach the desired depth.

What type of indicator are you thinking of using. I like the Airflo indicators because you can move the indicator up and down the line easily and it won't kink your leader.
Gt2003
Broken Arrow, Ok

Posts: 25
Gt2003 on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 10:56 pm EDT
I bought a pack of the small, cork Orvis indicators attached by doubling the line, passing it through the eye then running the indicator through the loop. I'm not necessarily set on these, it's just what my local shop had.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 6, 2019April 6th, 2019, 8:10 am EDT
Are the airflo Indy’s pretty much the same as the thingamabobbers where you have the screw on adjuster top? I like those too if that’s the one
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 11:39 am EDT
Are the airflo Indy’s pretty much the same as the thingamabobbers where you have the screw on adjuster top? I like those too if that’s the one


Yes, they are. Someone was thinking when they came up with that idea.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 13, 2019April 13th, 2019, 4:06 am EDT
Yes they were!!

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