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July is Hexagenia Hatch month.
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.

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.
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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.

Offered Here are 10  proven patterns for curing any Hex Hatch Blues.

Silvey's Hexagenia, Nymph
This deadly nymph pattern was developed by Brian Silvey in the late 1980's for the hatch at Lost Lake.  It has since become the standard Hex Nymph for the Pacific Northwest.  It is effective both deep or shallow.
Hex nymph developed by Brian Silvey.
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12120-04 Silvey's Hexagenia, Nymph 4 3 for $5.95


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 wish is wash and submerged.  
Developed by Mark Bachmann.

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02116-06 Hexagenia, Emerger 6 3 for $5.95


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.

Hex emerger/cripple developed by Mark Bachmann.

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2028-08 Mark's Hexagenia, Crippled Emerger 8 3 for $5.95

2028-10 Mark's Hexagenia, Crippled Emerger 10 3 for $5.95


Ultralight Hex Emerger
This pattern was recently developed by Mike Huffman for the mid-west and is very new to the Pacific Northwest. This is a emerger pattern to match the largest sizes of Hexagenia.

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02100-02 Ultralight Hex Emerger 2 3 for $5.95

02100-04 Ultralight Hex Emerger 4 3 for $5.95

02100-06 Ultralight Hex Emerger 6 3 for $5.95


Hexagenia 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.

Hex cripple designed by Bob Quigley.

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99100-06 Hexagenia Cripple, Quigley's 6 3 for $5.95

99100-06 Hexagenia Cripple, Quigley's 8 3 for $5.95

Hexagenia, Comparadrake
This is a standard dry fly Hex Dun pattern that was probably developed by some keen tier from the mid-west. It works well in the Pacific Northwest or anywhere where Hex's are light colored on the belly.  This fly works best during hatches of smaller sub-species of Hexagenia. 

Hexagenia, Comparadrake unknown origin.

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2027-08 Hexagenia, Comparadrake 8 3 for $5.95


Hexagenia, Paradrake
This pattern  was developed by Mark Bachmann in the mid-1980's for the hatch at Lost Lake.  It is  lightweight and easy to cast.  Cast ahead of cruising fish.  Give the fly an occasional twitch.  This fly works best during hatches of smaller sub-species of Hexagenia.


Hexagina, Paradrake developed by Mark Bachmann.

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2020-08 Hexagenia, Para Drake 8 3 for $5.95


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.


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02101-04 Ultralight Hex Dun 4 3 for $5.95

02101-06 Ultralight Hex Dun 6 3 for $5.95

02101-08 Ultralight Hex Dun 8 3 for $5.95

02101-10 Ultralight Hex Dun 10 3 for $5.95


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.

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99105-06 Hexagenia, Foam Dun 6 3 for $5.95

99105-08 Hexagenia, Foam Dun 8 3 for $5.95


Hexagenia Hairwing Dun
This pattern is floats lower and has subdued colors.  It seems to work best where smaller varieties of Hex are expected.  Can also be trimmed into an emerger in an emergency.  (Such as loosing your last emerger pattern to an unusually large fish.)

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2025-04 Hexagenia, Hairwing Dun 4 3 for $5.95 SALE ENDED
2025-06 Hexagenia, Hairwing Dun 6 3 for $5.95


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.  

Lately some serious fly tiers such as Mark Bachmann, Bob Quigley, Mike Huffman and Brian Silvey have given the Hex hatch a lot of attention.  The Fly Fishing Shop has put together the most extensive selection of Hex Hatch flies in the region.  
Offered below is a set comprised of well tested patterns.  Some are old favorites, others are brand new.  There are 3 each, 15 flies in all.

Brian Silvey Hex Nymph.
Silvey Hex Nymph
Mark Bachmann Hex Cripple/Emerger.
M.B. Hex Emerger
Bob Quigley Hex Cripple.
Quigley Hex Cripple
Mike Huffman Hex Lightweight Dun.
Ultralight Hex Dun
Mike Huffman Hex Lightweight Dun.
Hex Paradrake
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HEXXSET Cutting Edge Hexagenia Hatch set of 15 flies 4 Set for $29.95


4-day Spey Rod
Steelhead PhD Class

Spend 4 days on the Deschutes River with: 
Mark Bachmann,
Brian Silvey,
Marty Sheppard
 and Andy Murray.
August 28, 29, 30, 31, 2007

Andy Murray is Director of Outside Operations for House of Hardy and may be the best known spey casting instructor in Europe. 
Andy Murray Spey casting videos.

The last week in August is prime time for the stretch of river we will be fishing.
This school intends that you will graduate with extensive proprietary knowledge 
of steelhead fishing and spey rod casting.

We will camp on prime water and we will have walking and boat access to miles 
of steelhead runs that will present a divers array of angling problems to be solved.
Classes will be held mid-day.  You will fish with a guide each morning and evening.
Brunch and dinner will be served at times to give you the best fishing periods.
This will give you the best advantage for hooking as many steelhead 
as possible during your stay with us.
Nothing teaches you more about fishing than being where 
fish are being hooked and landed.

You will learn all aspects of spey rod fishing with both floating and sinking-tip lines. 
Learn how to locate steelhead water and how to approach it. 
Watch an expert guide as he fishes and discloses the secrets
 and proven methods that put fish on the beach.  
Get a lot of hands on help so that you too can be productive.
Save yourself years of experimenting on your own.
You will be pampered!
You will stay in a very comfortable tent camp on the water.
A Camp Person will be available at all times to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
All cooking and eating will be done in a spacious screen-house.
Comfortable sleeping cots and pads are supplied in double occupancy tents. 
All food & non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries,
waders, rain gear, rods, reels, flies & tackle.

PhD Class deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and automatic final payment will be rang to same card number August 1.

Price does not include Oregon Fishing License.
Meet at The Fly Fishing Shop at 7:30am arrive back at 6:30pm.

Price: $1995 per person.     
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ST-PHD-2007-2 4-day PHD steelhead class with Mark Bachmann and Andy Murray, Total Price is $1,995 - August 28, 29, 30, 31, 2007  $995
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This class is taught by Ron Lauzon and Leroy Teeple, who are both Oregon Licensed Guides and FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructors.  Ron and Leroy have a combined total 22 years of  fly casting experience.  Both men are students of the art of fly casting and the art of teaching fly casting in the most understandable and efficient manner.  Here is a spey casting school that comes in manageable classes.  You can take any or all of the classes.  We suggest that you take an Introductory class followed by an intermediate class to get the full understanding of spey casting. 

All classes are a maximum of 6 students.  This gives an instructors to student ratio of 3 students per instructor.  You will receive nearly constant hands-on help.
Each Introductory Class starts in our state-of-the-art class room with your instructors presenting a multi-media orientation program.  This will help to mentally prepare you for your on-the-water experience.  Your instructors will then drive you to the river for the rest of your classes. 
Students should make arrangements at time of registering for equipment to be used in the class. 
Good time to test drive a new rod.

This is the beginning.  This class is about spey casting at its most rudimentary level and will provide a solid foundation to build upon.  It is for those wanting to try spey casting for the first time or those who are struggling.  We will learn the basics of the, roll, switch, single spey, and the double spey casts with single and double handed rods.
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SPEY-CL5 Introductory Spey Casting Class - 
July 14, 2007 - 8:00am to noon
per student


These classes are for all students that have completed the Introductory Spey Casting Class above.  Also welcomed are those anglers who have had some spey casting experience. We will refine the basic casts and teach special casts and  line handling techniques.

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SPEY-CL6 Intermediate Floating Line Spey Casting for Summer Steelhead - Saturday,  
July 14, 2007 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
per student


The Facts About Lightweight Rubber Net Bags

Rubber net bags are easier on the fish because they remove less body slime and scales than ordinary twine or nylon mesh bags.  Because of this they are also easier to clean up.  Usually several vigorous swishes in the water is all you need to keep your net smelling fresh.  Those are the reasons why most of the up-scale trout guides on catch and release waters are using nets with rubber bags.  The bag does weigh more (about half a pound), and creates more drag in the water while netting a fish.  Most anglers agree these are small inconveniences when compared to healthier fisheries and less clean-up of gear.  All Fisknat Nets are offered with a rubber net bag option.

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