Mayfly Genus Hexagenia
These are huge mayflies. Hexagenia limbata, by far the most important species, is the second largest mayfly in the United States. The largest is its close relative, Litobrancha recurvata, which until recently was also in the genus Hexagenia.
(Hexagenia albivitta, Hexagenia bilineata, Hexagenia mexicana, Hexagenia orlando)
Two minor species, Hexagenia atrocaudata and Hexagenia rigida, may be noticed later in the season than limbata.
Read each species page for emergence and other details.
Pictures of 31 Mayfly Specimens in the Genus Hexagenia:
1 Underwater Picture of Hexagenia Mayflies:
Date AddedJun 30, 2006
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
Recent Discussions of Hexagenia
Hexagenia orlando 5 Replies »
Posted by Curtis
on Feb 29, 2008
Does anyone have any hatch dates for hexagenia orlando in the Central Florida area? Several lakes near me have populations and I am gathering data. I have photos and one hatch record.ReplyHex hatch water temperature range? 4 Replies »
Hi,ReplyWhat is the big DEAL about the HEX? 21 Replies »
New to the site - love it. I was wondering if there was a suggested range of water temperature at which the Hex likes to hatch.
fishing in the dark.......ReplyMayfly larvae -wigglers preservation as bait 20 Replies »
stepping in holes?
I hate the dark........
I don't need the hex........
Last reply on Apr 29, 2014 by TNEAL
I am a fly fisherman but not a "purist". A friend of mine has a place on the UP of Michigan. He just called me and said a guy told him there is a way to preserve "wigglers." They use them alot up north, those that are not fly fishermen or ladies. They are fishing perch, bluegill and crappie. He heard there is a way to "blanch" them.Drop them in hot water for a few minutes and they turn rubbery. They then will keep indefinitely. Has anyone heard of this? If so, how close to correct is the procedure I mentioned??ReplyHex Hatch 2012 5 Replies »
Thanks for anyone's help.
Last reply on Aug 13, 2012 by Taxon
Forget the end of the world. The Hex Hatch is just about on again. For more than 7 years now, I have been making the journey north and have encountered one of the most prolific hex hatches I have ever seen (in the West that is). We all know that there are very specific conditions that must exist in order for this amazing event to occur. There are a few notable locations though I have found Henderson Springs in Big Bend, CA to be the most exciting from the perspective of a flyfisherman. Reply
I am constantly keeping an eye out for when the hatch starts in this region. I will do my best to keep my post current as I get further updates. Make it a great season!
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