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Entomology Basic entomology for the fly fisher to help identify insects that one might encounter on the stream or in a stillwater.

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:34 PM
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Default Hexes are here!

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I'm roughly 1/2 mile from the Ohio River and over the past several years I've noticed Hexes landing on my house. There has also been prolific hatch activity in Pittsburgh at Baseball games and other events held near the River. They chased Colby Calait off stage once they were so thick. LOL.

It's a great testament to how much the River has improved through the past few decades. I don't fish it, but it's cool to know they're there.

So I was outside this morning and saw this guy. It sure seems early for them, this is the first one I've seen this year.

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This is an old photo of a Hex Pattern I use on a stream I fish that gets them. Add a little brown color with a marker and you're set.

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Excellent photos!
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Jay: Congrats on the gorgeous photos, very impressive work!
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pics with that kind of detail can be really inspiring...super job...on them and the tie too...the braided tail was for sure some work...
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He didnt mind posing for pictures!
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Default Re: Hexes are here!

I get a lot of missed strikes with the extended body flies. I must not be tying them right.

The best pattern that I have found is the Flex Hex by John Nebel. The body folds up and collapses so even the smaller trout can take it in. It rear segment also flops into odd angles and if you have ever been in the middle of a Hex spinner fall, the mayflies are contorted into odd shapes.

The Flex hex - The Flex-HexThe fly that did the Limbata as told by Jim Hauer - Global FlyFisher
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And here I was thinking this thread was going to be about witchcraft .
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Great pics!Congrats
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Tell me Mayflies aren't beautiful
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I get a lot of missed strikes with the extended body flies. I must not be tying them right.

you might be tying them just fine...but the old count to two rule can be of help too...

unlike nymphing , a slight bit of time is necessary for the trout pulling down a dry...I always count to two...then lift up the tip and set the hook.

if this is not the issue for you please disregard...OK...no insult intended at all...

I know folks can have what we have called the "nymph twitch" and not wait long enough...
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