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May 3 2013

Hexagaina NymphPopular Contributor: Autumn Siren Flies


Recipe Tags

Classification: Freshwater
Category: All Purpose Nymph Wet
Bugs & Baits: Hexagenia
Fish: Bass Carp Catfish Steelhead Trout
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Recipe viewed 4716 times. Recipe ID: 987655982

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Hexagaina Nymph


Hook
Daiichi 1260 or MFC 7231 size 8-10
Thread
Tan 6/0
Eyes
Black Beadchain
Tail
Orange Glo Bug Yarn
Body
Gray Ostrich Herl
Back
Pearl Flashabou
Rib
Med. Copper Wire
Wingcase
Turkey
Thorax
Gray Ostrich Herl
Hackle
Tan Hen Back

  The Hexagaina nymph is present in huge numbers along the shore of Lake Erie and tributaries (if you have ever experienced the spectacular "Michigan Caddis" hatch in June this is the nymph). Steelhead prey heavily on these nymphs both in the lake and in the streams during their spawning run.  I find Hexagaina nymphs to be most effective early in the run (late-September to early-October) although steelhead will take it in winter and spring.  Since Hexagainas are burrowing nymphs, they are most effective when fished over the muddy/silty bottoms found near the mouths of creeks.  This is also a highly effective fly for spring Smallmouth Bass.