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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Barbaube on Jan 14, 2020January 14th, 2020, 5:33 am EST
Happy New Year!

I have already 4 rods I use for trout fishing, in rivers and lakes.

- 7'6ft 4wt glass for creeks and intimate water
- 9ft 4wt for medium rivers
- 10ft 4wt for euro nymphing, large rivers and lakes
- 9ft 6 wt for streamers or windy conditions

Objectively, the only rod I would maybe, maybe need is an 8wt for fishing big streamers on lakes...

The problem is that I like toys and I have found a great deal on an 8ft 2wt and an 8ft 4wt, both have progressive actions. But where would these rods fit in my quiver? What do these respective rod do best? I'm looking for an excuse to by one or the other, so any suggestion is welcome!


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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Jan 15, 2020January 15th, 2020, 10:18 am EST
My favorite rod is my 6' 2wt that I fish on small mountains streams and some small ponds. I only throw small dries with this rod. I will fish with an indicator and a San Juan worm or a nymph but it's hard to throw it with the indicator so I do a lot of slingshot casts or float it into position. My first rod ever was a 8' 4wt that I always enjoy breaking out. Sorta my first love. My first fish fly fishing was caught on that rod. Doesn't quite have the guts I want for larger flies but for the delicate presentation of a size 14-20 Royal Wulff about 20-30 ft out it's my go to. I bring it on every trip I go. I've also used both of these rods using small dries for panfish also. These guys on this forum have a lot more expertise than myself but hopefully my 2 cents will at least be helpful.

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