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Hex Mayfly Hatches in The Pacific Northwest
Giant Hexagenia Mayflies are a very important part of the food chain in some Cascade Mountain lakes. Secretive and nocturnal by nature, Hex mayflies are just now beginning to be understood in the local watersheds.  Hatches of these big bugs brings the largest trout to the surface.  Because of their  Hex hatches are big trout food.  Hex's  are to our local lakes what Salmon Flies are to the Deschutes River.  They have the power to bring the largest trout to the surface where they can be caught on dry flies. There are four stages of this hatch that the angler should be aware of: nymph, emerger, dun and spinner. Hex nymphs can start leaving their burrows as early as 7:00 in the evening and a nymph fished along the bottom can get some strikes. Major feeding activity at the surface is the last hour at dark. Hexagenia are the largest may flies which occur in the Northwest. Their nymphs burrow into silt of pure lakes. These hatches occur late June to early August during the warmest parts of the year. In some local lakes Hex hatches can occur into October, when virtually no one expects them. Are there more than one specie of giant burrowing may fly in our local lakes? I would seem so. We have found two distinctly different sizes and at least one color variation. Some of our local lakes can be the most fun after dark.
More About Hexaginia Hatches

Hatch Guide For Lakes
Hex Nymph
Fish this fly before the hatch and during the early stages of the hatch. It is deadly up to two hours before the hatch if presented with a sinking tip line deep along the bottom. Seems to be best with a slow retrieve right on the bottom as nymphs begin to get restless and peak our of their holes. As the hatch progresses, retrieve your nymph quickly to the surface. Then during the earliest stages of emergence, fish this nymph in the surface film with a floating line. as more insects appear, switch to Mark's Emerger.
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14593 Hex Nymph 6 3 for $8.85
Mark's Hexagenia Emerger
This fly looks like the nymph in the surface film.  The emerging dun is just starting to emerge through a split in the back and the top of the head.  This crude looking fly has proven to be both very effective and extremely durable.  the yellow foam back is easily visible as it supports the rest of the fly which is awash and mostly submerged.  
Developed by Mark Bachmann.
 
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2028-08 Mark's Hex Emerger 8 3 for $8.85
Mark's Hexagenia Crippled Emerger
Mark's Hexagenia, Crippled Emerger
This pattern  was developed by Mark Bachmann in the early 1990's for the hatch at Timothy Lake.  It replicates the sequence when the dun is nearly out of the shuck or an emerging dun that is hung up in the shuck.  Either way trout like it.  Fish it in the film with the body greased.
 
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2028-08 Mark's Hex Crippled Emerger 8 3 for $8.85
Quigley's Crystal Tail Hex Emerger
This fly is designed by Bob Quigley to replicates the activity of the nymph hanging beneath the surface as the dun is first breaking through the back of the shuck. This is a very effective fly during the first part of the hatch.  Grease the top part of the fly only and let the rear 2/3 of the fly dangle below the surface.
In the late 70's, while guiding on the Fall River in Northern California, Bob Quigley observed that fish were keying on mayflies that were caught in transition between shedding their nymphal shuck and flying away as a dun. He dubbed these doomed naturals as "cripples" and developed the Quigley Cripple to capitalize on this discovery.
Virtually all flies that bear the name "cripple" are based on Bob's pioneering tying style where the rear portion of the fly is tied to imitate the nymphal shuck (and rides underwater) while the front part of the fly represents the emergence of an adult (and rides above water). Next time you fool a picky fish with a cripple, tip your hat to Bob Quigley.
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SIG 0185 Quigley's Crystal Tail Hex Emerger 6 3 for $8.85
SIG 0186 Quigley's Crystal Tail Hex Emerger 8 3 for $8.85
Ultralight Hex Dun
This pattern was developed By Mike Huffman for the mid-west and is kind of new to the Pacific Northwest.  We know you are going to like it. The Ultralight Hex Dun is constructed from sealed cell sheat foam, and is verually un-sinkable, and is hassel free.
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20561 Ultralight Hex Dun 8 3 for $8.85
Hex Cripple
Cripples and Emergers can be one and the same. Each may be transitional. This pattern simulates the nymph with its huge fluffy gills underwater with the adult emerging above the surface of the water.
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11759 Hex Cripple 6 3 for $8.85
True Hex Dun
True Duns mimic the hatches of smaller Hexagenia Mayflies, which occur in marginal Hex habitat. Some lakes and rivers have hatches of diminutive size Hexes.
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15-3000-10 Lucent Wing True Hex 10 3 for $8.85
Loco Hex Dun
The body on this fly is constructed from a slick, shiny, top secret type of sheet foam. It is a fly that has proven more difficult than many anglers want to tie. But, the Loco Hex Dun is unsinkable and very durable, and the colors mimic the local insects perfectly. These are have-to-have flies in the Pacific Northwest if you are a dedicated lake fly fisher.
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110761 Loco Hexagenia 6 3 for $11.85
Hex Paradrake
This is the old stand-by, maybe the best dry fly for the Hex hatch, except for one thing, it's a little on the fragille side. A couple of big trout and it is down for the evening. So you better have several in your fly box. The body on this fly is made from bundled elk rump hair, which is thin walled and hollow. It floats like a cork, until it gets chewed-on, and slimed. Then most of these flies will come back to life only after being cleaned, dried and redressed.
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MFD0015 Hex Paradrake 6 3 for $8.85
Lucca's Hex Spinner
The spinner fall of egg laying adults usually occurs as a hatch of Hex duns is winding down. Many times trout can become sellective to spinners and ignor duns. Usually during these times it is getting dark enouh that it is hard for an angler to tell what is going on. Be sure to carry a few spinner patterns for these occasions.
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12871 Hex Spinner, Lucca's 6 3 for $11.85
 

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