Register now on PaFlyFish.com! Login
HOME FORUM BLOG PHOTOS LINKS


Sponsors

Browsing this Thread:   1 Anonymous Users





What the hex?

Joined:
2008/6/25 9:41
From Pgh
Posts: 185
Offline
Tons of these guys were sitting on the Smithfield Street bridge in Pittsburgh this morning. Hexagenia limbata is the largest mayfly in North Amercia and pretty much useless to fly anglers... as far as I know anyway. Has anybody on the board ever caught anything using a hex imitation or something that resembles?


Attach file:



png  Hex.png (204.36 KB)
1677_59510fbe47cbd.png 299X351 px

Posted on: 6/26 9:44
_________________
"Young men drink because they don't know who they are, and old men drink because they do." -- Gina Ochsner


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2012/6/5 21:59
From Hanover
Posts: 149
Offline
Hex yes, lots of fish

Posted on: 6/26 12:56
_________________
Seven days without fishing makes one weak.


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2015/3/14 13:37
From birdsboro,pa
Posts: 219
Offline
No, but there is a similar mayfly which I call a Hex that hatches on some of the lakes I fish starting around 8:30 pm that bring sunfish and bass up. I fish any popper I have then and catch fish consistently, especially yellow poppers.
Anybody know what that fly is?

Posted on: 6/26 13:14


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2014/2/19 19:02
From Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 56
Offline
Most likely a Hex. I've always missed or just caught the tail end of the Hex hatch on the lake I go to in Northern Ontario. It doesn't occur till mid-July or later there. Talking to folks who have caught it, they've told me to fish small or medium poppers either yellow or with a yellow belly just before dark and later as long as you can hear the fish rising. I'm headed up to Vermont for a few days on Sunday. I'll have to check out the local lakes in the evening and see if any are hatching.

Posted on: 6/26 13:56


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2006/10/18 15:46
From Patterson twp, Pa (Beaver Falls)
Posts: 329
Offline
There are other areas, specifically Michigan, that trout gorge on the hexes. I had one on my office window a few days ago. Have been meaning to head down to the river one of these years and throw a few flies to see if there's any action but never get around to doing it.

Posted on: 6/26 15:31
_________________
Owner of Risen Fly www.risenfly.com


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2006/9/10 20:44
From Fayettenam
Posts: 283
Offline
Yes - there is great fishing in downtown. When I lived on the Northside I fished the rivers often. You will be surprised what you can catch if you give it a try.

Posted on: 6/26 16:03
_________________
One man’s plague is a another man’s hatch


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2006/11/28 17:26
From Germantown, WI (formerly Beaver, PA)
Posts: 1
Offline
Hexagenia Limbata are not useless to fly anglers. Where trout and Hex mayflies occur together, the trout love them. In the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin and Michigan for example), the Hex hatch is really the big hatch of the year on par with the Green Drake hatch in Central PA. Hex hatches can also be important on still waters. A lake I used to fish in Ontario had them. I had some great topwater fishing for Smallmouth during the Hex hatch, though I was not matching the hatch. I remember reading that trout in the Finger Lakes of NY will rise to hatches like the Brown Drake and the Hex.

Posted on: 6/27 16:52


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2008/6/28 15:57
Posts: 39
Offline
They hatch like mad on some Maine lakes, both coldwater and warmwater. Between mid-June and mid-August. A nighttime hatch. I've only seen it happen on warmwater lakes with smallmouth bass and white perch, but they also hatch on trout lakes around Rangeley.

Posted on: 6/27 20:46


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2015/3/14 13:37
From birdsboro,pa
Posts: 219
Offline
The fish were very active Monday evening on my local lake. I saw only a few of the Hex coming off, so I believe they are just getting started.
Great action for about an hour 8:30-9:30 with bass caught in real skinny water where I could not buy even a slap from a bluegill a few nights previous.

Posted on: 6/28 8:08


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2008/6/25 9:41
From Pgh
Posts: 185
Offline
Quote:

muskylund1 wrote:
Hexagenia Limbata are not useless to fly anglers. Where trout and Hex mayflies occur together, the trout love them. In the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin and Michigan for example), the Hex hatch is really the big hatch of the year on par with the Green Drake hatch in Central PA. Hex hatches can also be important on still waters. A lake I used to fish in Ontario had them. I had some great topwater fishing for Smallmouth during the Hex hatch, though I was not matching the hatch. I remember reading that trout in the Finger Lakes of NY will rise to hatches like the Brown Drake and the Hex.


Good information, muskylund1. I'm ready for a trip out your way to fish the hex hatch! Here in PA their importance is most likely underrated for bass and ww fish. For trout however, I don't believe the waters where they hatch in significant numbers are all that numerous. Unless, of course, all the action occurs in the middle of the night. And they are simply not known to anglers.

Posted on: 6/28 9:36
_________________
"Young men drink because they don't know who they are, and old men drink because they do." -- Gina Ochsner


Re: What the hex?

Joined:
2008/1/31 17:19
From Pretty much everywhere at some point, Thorndale today.
Posts: 2363
Offline
Yes, I have fished hex hatches in PA for wild trout. NW PA. Locals call them green drakes, but they are hexes. Most decent quality tribs to the Allegheny have them.

The Allegheny itself has tons and smallmouth guys get to fish them, and up near Kinzua, trout guys too. Though i never personally was much of a fly fisherman back when i fished the river more.

Posted on: 11/14 15:20






You can view topic.
You cannot start a new topic.
You cannot reply to posts.
You cannot edit your posts.
You cannot delete your posts.
You cannot add new polls.
You cannot vote in polls.
You cannot attach files to posts.
You cannot post without approval.

[Advanced Search]





Site Content
Login
Sponsors
Stay Connected

twitterfeed.com facebook instagram RSS Feed

USGS Water Levels
Polls
Angling Trade E-Survey: How Many Outdoor Print Magazines Do You Subscribe To?
None. Nada. Zip. 50% (46)
One or two. 32% (30)
Three or four. 13% (12)
More than four. 3% (3)
_PL_TOTALVOTES
The poll closed at 2017/10/27 11:42
Comments?





Copyright 2017 by PaFlyFish.com | Privacy Policy| Provided by Kile Media Group | Design by 7dana.com