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Hex Nymph

Hex Cripple Exteneded Body Hex
Mark's Hex Emerger Crystal Tail Cripple Nealley's Hex Adult
Poxyback Emerger Hex ComparaDrake Hex Spinner, Lucca's
Hex Hatch Matcher Flies.
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 
This trout gobbled a Mark's Hexagenia, Emerger/Cripple. the surface where they can be caught on dry flies. Hex on the Radar

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.
More about Hexagenia Hatches

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.

Hex photo from: Hatch Guide For Lakes by Jim Schollmyer 
Hexagenia photo from "Hatch Guide for Lakes" by Jim Scholmeyer, Click Here for more Information.

 


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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17860 Hex Nymph 6 3 for $7.50

Mark's Hex 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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20575 Mark's Hex Emerger 8 3 for $6.75

Mercer's Poxyback Hex Emerger
This fly represents a Hex as it is sliding our of the nymphal skin at the water surface. The color and size of Hex nymphs and adults can vary from one body of water to another, and even from each location in the same body of water. That is a good reason to have a sellection of different sizes and shades of Hex fly patterns.

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14825 Mercer's Poxyback Hex Emerger 6 3 for $7.50

Hex Crystal Tail Cripple, Quigley's
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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SIG0185 Hex, Crystal Tail Cripple, Quigley's 6 3 for $7.50
SIG0186 Hex Crystal Tail Cripple, Quigley's 8 3 for $7.50

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 $7.50

Hex ComparaDrake
Hex Duns vary in size and color from one lake or stream to the next. Water quality and food supply probably contribute to this variation, and also there may even be sub species within these insects, which may not have been cataloged. In some places the insects may be bright yellow with yellow wings. In other places they my have body stripes and darker wings. This type in a larger size is represented here.

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SIG0199 Hex ComparaDrake 6 3 for $7.50

Exteneded Body Hex
This is a smaller size Hex dun, which may be encountered in some fame ponds, and coastal lakes in the Pacific Northwest.

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15-0110-08 Exteneded Body Hex 8 3 for $7.50

Nealley's Hex Adult
This is a good simulation of a common variety of Hexagenia, which has a darker back and yellow wings. The bright yellow wing on this fly pattern also allows an angler to see his fly in low light conditions, and to distinguash it from the real insects during heavy hatches.

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11195 Nealley's Hex Adult 6 3 for $8.25

Hex Spinner, Lucca's
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 $11.25

Ultralight Hex Dun
This pattern was recently developed By Mike Huffman for the mid-west and is very new to the Pacific Northwest.  We know you are going to like it.

 

Ultralight Hex Dun

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02101-06 Ultralight Hex Dun 6 3 for $7.50
02101-08 Ultralight Hex Dun 8 3 for $7.50

Hexagenia Foam Dun
You wanted a dun pattern that floats high and is extremely easy to see.  Here it is.  This on floats because it is lighter than water, even when it is wet.  Works best on water that have larger varieties of Hex.

Hex Foam Dun

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99105-06 Hexagenia, Foam Dun 6 3 for $8.85
99105-08 Hexagenia, Foam Dun 8 3 for $8.85

More Hex 
Giant Hexagenia Mayflies are a very important part of the food chain in some very special Cascade Mountain Lakes.  Hatches of these big bugs brings the largest trout to the surface.  Because of their 
Lost Lake, Oregon
secretive nocturnal nature, Hex hatches are just now beginning to be understood.  
Hexaginia Limbata...whosa....whata? 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 fun at dark.   If you want to know more about Hexagenia hatches click here.  

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