July 3, 2011

Mark Latti: Fourth of July hex hatch makes for exciting fishing

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Large flies imitating the life stages of the hexagenia mayfly are effective during the hex hatch.

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"You want two or three rods, that's one of the tricks of the trade because it is hard to undo a birds nest or tie a fly on when it is nine o'clock at night," Obrey said.

And of course, you will need the proper fly. No sense fooling around with small mayfly imitations. You need something large that floats well and that you can see in the diminishing light. Patterns that work well are large emerger patterns and Wullffs.

"You want to have a fly that floats high, that floats well so you can see it. You have to silhouette the fly in the setting sun to see it a lot of times," Obrey said.

According to Obrey, just what fly works the best may no longer be open to debate.

"Of course I have the secret fly -- every one of them," said Obrey, who ties his own, rather large and buoyant creation. "I am the envy of" my pond (name withheld to protect the writer).

It's called the Sexy Hexy, and it's big and buoyant. And if you are lucky enough to find Tim Obrey this week, he may even give you a glimpse of the fly. If he doesn't, well, take solace in the fact that you know you are fishing the right pond at the right time for Maine's hex hatch.

Mark Latti is a former public information officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and a registered Maine Guide. He can be reached at:

mlatti@gmail.com


 

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