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Re: Size 4 possible 6 fly?

2012/3/14 6:23
From Lancaster
Posts: 538
I witnessed what I believe was a Hex spinnerfall last evening about 1/2 hour before dark on the Conestoga River near Lancaster. It only lasted for about 10-15 minutes and was not real heavy but the flies were huge bobbing up and down and generally working upstream. Unfortunately I wasn't able to catch any as most of them seemed to be over a deeper section of water. I didn't see any topwater action involving this short lived hatch but it was really cool to watch. Anybody else ever see a Hex hatch on the Stoga? This was my first and I am just looking for some confirmation that it may have been Hex mayflies.

Posted on: 2012/7/30 7:11

Re: Size 4 possible 6 fly?
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 439
Yep - almost certainly a Hex hatch.

I see 'em fairly frequently on warm water creeks on summer evenings (sometimes they're mixed in with white flies). In my experience, however, they don't bring many fish up. If you're willing to fish well after dark they can and do bring up fish.

Posted on: 2012/7/30 7:35

Re: Size 4 possible 6 fly?

2008/6/28 15:57
Posts: 42
A lake where I like to fish in Maine has been known to have a nice hex hatch. I haven't been up there to see it in many years, unfortunately.

The last time I saw a good Hexagenia hatch there, it was the 1970s, and I was real new to fly fishing. It's a warmwater lake that's packed with bass and perch, and they were all feeding on top. I tried using dries and a popper, but no dice. At all. Nice warm summer night, bright moon, all those huge flies and swirling fish, and I got none. They ignored the lures on my spinning rod, too.

If only I had known that the fish were nymphing- holding close to the surface and grabbing the bugs off just before they shucked off their nymph cases (which were all over the water). I'm sure a good-sized brown/yellow wet fly, like a green drake nymph or yellow stonefly nymph, would have taken fish as fast as I could put it out there. The hatch was on for at least two hours, from around 10pm to past midnight.

It was a riot just to watch, like all heavy hatches that boil the water with feeding fish. Gives you some idea of exactly how rich a healthy habitat really is.

Posted on: 2012/8/26 19:21

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