This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
Shawnny3 on Dec 12, 2007December 12th, 2007, 3:23 pm EST
Thank you for your kind words, gentlemen. To have my work appreciated by such knowledgeable and passionate people is a truly great reward. Even though I hope someday to make money with my tying (or at least pay off the substantial debt I've accrued via this project), the real reason I engaged this project in the first place was to share my vision for artistic flies with people like you. I appreciate your affirmation more than you know.
Jmd123 on Dec 13, 2007December 13th, 2007, 3:38 pm EST
So Shawn, have you flung any of these creations at Atlantic salmon yet? Or, steelhead for that matter? Or are they strictly for the art of it?
Early in my tying career, I decided to take on as many challenges as I could. I found a couple of books with several hair-wing and mixed-feather-wing Atlantic salmon flies in them, and met the challenge. I'm sure I could tie them much better today, but I am still proud of the Green Highlander I managed to put together. And without having to purchase a bunch of exotic feathers!
Those flies are actually in the box right now awaiting for me to get off my ass and go steelhead fishing...
COOL flies, man! I like the signature "D" on the head, too.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...