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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Dorsal view of a Agnetina capitata (Perlidae) (Golden Stone) Stonefly Nymph from Fall Creek in New York
Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Nov 25, 2007November 25th, 2007, 10:47 am EST
But which weave?
Both the "Crisscross" and the "Mossback" (according to pics in Leeson & Schollmeyer) look to me anyway as being good candidates, but before I climb that mountain, was wondering if anyone here has a strong recommendation.

This reminds me of the time I met this guy who was good at weaving flies, so I tried to butter him up to give me a few. I did that by bringing him to a private spot where I had access. I put him on fish. He caught fish. He never said thanks, and I never got a fly. Oh well, hope springs eternal.
friend of the friendless,
champion of the underdog.
Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Nov 26, 2007November 26th, 2007, 12:27 pm EST
Tiger weave with the light color on the bottom would be the closest I know of. I'm not sure what the mossback and criss cross are, although i'm sure the same weave prob. has about 10 names depending on where you live.
Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Nov 27, 2007November 27th, 2007, 11:34 am EST
Hi Jeff,
Yes I like it. Google came up with "Tiger Creek Bitch Creek Nymph" which to me looks closest to what we're looking for than anything in L & S.
Thanks for the lead.
Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Nov 28, 2007November 28th, 2007, 12:07 am EST
I love woven flies but I think this guy would be a better candidate for wrapping the abdomen with a natural colored Latex strip like Nymph Skin and then using sharpies or prismacolor markers to provide shading relief with the ribbing. This is a technique introduced to me by Steve Thornton out of the UK ( this is the same guy who had his flies confiscated at customs coming into the Sommerset show one year because the customs agents thought they were real bugs).

This is his site www.virtual-nymph.com I think the technique for the Ammonite nymph would be just the trick.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 28, 2007November 28th, 2007, 3:40 am EST
Or take a look at Lloyd Gonzales' (Gonzo's) Stoneflies in his book

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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