We have some very dedicated hatch chasers within our fly tying/fishing group here in Central Alberta. About the second week in July, the Hexagenia start to hatch on some of our waters. These mayflies are big, real big and the trout will throw caution to the wind to eat these treats. The hex hatch usually starts near dusk. I have gone with both Shane and Reid Stoyberg looking for the hex hatch. I have stepped into holes, slid down banks into water I had no idea how deep it was, tripped and fallen on rocks and been devoured by blood thirsty mosquitoes that love dusk in order to chase this hatch . Once the hexs start popping on the water, you will forget about those inconveniences because the big browns will be out. You will stumble back to your vehicle in the pitch black, sometimes in the early hours of the next day. The rewards can be amazing.
...all the photos below were taken by Shane Stoyberg (thanks Shane!)
Shane photographed this hexagenia at dusk.
Reid loves to chase the Hax hatch. He doesn't mind the night shift.
Shane with another beautiful brown caught on a hexagenia dry fly.
Just to show that Shane is not totally a nocturnal fly fisher, he added this photo.