Our trip up north wouldn't be complete without sampling the hex hatch on a wild trout pond. This year we not only had a wild time with the Alder Flies, but the hex were popping like popcorn. Nothing like gliding along a beautiful north country pond with the warblers warbling and the plaintive call of the white throated sparrow echoing through the pines interrupted only by the explosive rises of wild brook trout.
If you haven't fished the hexagenia hatch, you are missing a real treat. Tie up some size 8 Stimulators with yellow body and white wing and white hackle. Then head to Echo Lake or Profile Lake in Franconia Notch. Both are easily waded and have real good hatches of these big juicy may flies. Just toss out your fly and give it the occasional twitch and hold on! Better be quick though, since the trout want to get their high-value calories and head back down to cooler water real fast. This time of year, the flies emerge just as the evening starts to cool - about a half hour before dark, so the action can be intense but short-lived. What a way to relax and end the day.
Well. I am off for Labrador for a week. Stay tuned for some (hopefully) giant brook trout.