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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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Nate12 on Apr 13, 2020April 13th, 2020, 2:30 am EDT
I’m looking at fly rods and am looking for a 5wt, but I found some sizing on a rod I want that is confusing. I found a 480 and a 590 sizing, are one of these the same as a 5 weight? Thanks.

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Afishinado on Apr 13, 2020April 13th, 2020, 2:46 am EDT
I believe the 480 rod designation represents a 4 weight 8.0 foot rod and the 590 is a 5 weight 9.0 foot rod.

For what type of fish and where are you planning to fish?

In general to start fly-fishing for trout, panfish and smaller bass a 5 weight 9 foot rod is close to ideal.

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Nate12 on Apr 13, 2020April 13th, 2020, 3:19 am EDT
I’m fishing trout, and planning on getting a 5 weight. Thanks for the help

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