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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
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).
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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Shawnny3
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Shawnny3 on Dec 10, 2007December 10th, 2007, 9:06 am EST
Here's the first of my artistic salmon flies, called Revolution. To see my other flies and many more photos, check out the site in my signature line.

I reserve all rights to my photos. Please don't copy this image.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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CaseyP on Dec 10, 2007December 10th, 2007, 10:23 am EST
simply cannot believe what i'm seeing...absolutely amazing, Shawn! art at its finest, to be sure.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Troutnut on Dec 10, 2007December 10th, 2007, 11:15 am EST
You've really gotta see that one in 3D to appreciate it. The spiral he's made with the feathers is really cool. Very impressive!
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Grannom on Dec 10, 2007December 10th, 2007, 11:36 am EST
Do I see a "D" on the head? Wow a woowie! Nice site. GOLD hooks! Have you ever fished for Atlantic salmon?...Used your pieces of art?
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
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Falsifly on Dec 11, 2007December 11th, 2007, 4:09 am EST

Shawn,
The quintessence of fly tying art, destined to become collector items. I wish you the best of good fortune. Will they be numbered?

I urge all to take a few moments and explore Shawn's site.

Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Martinlf on Dec 11, 2007December 11th, 2007, 9:10 am EST
I would second that urging. Amazing work.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Smallstream on Dec 11, 2007December 11th, 2007, 2:02 pm EST
unreal!
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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.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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Martinlf on Dec 12, 2007December 12th, 2007, 6:06 pm EST
Plus you shut down my teasing on the jointed flies thoroughly, Shawn. That should be, as they say in the Mastercard ads, "priceless."
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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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.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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