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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Jan 21, 2008January 21st, 2008, 11:53 am EST

Here are my two contributions to the swap.
The first is a cutwing sulphur using the foam stirrup technique to give a stable base to wrap the parachute on.

The second is a take on the woven Czech Nymph slanted toward the rockworm and grannom caddis of the Little Juniata.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Alexandria Pa

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JAD on Jan 21, 2008January 21st, 2008, 1:19 pm EST
As always John, nice ties.


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Jan 21, 2008January 21st, 2008, 1:57 pm EST
john, both look great...can't wait to see the czech nymph, the pattern i'm sending is kinda similar, but with another weave.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 21, 2008January 21st, 2008, 2:04 pm EST
Hello all,

Please forgive my ignorance but how does a fly swap work? I'd like to participate if it is still open. Is there a specific theme or do the contributors tie whatever they like? Thanks.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 22, 2008January 22nd, 2008, 4:16 am EST
Matt, I think all the flies are sent on this one, but I'd be glad to do another. One guy (this would be me) has flies sent to him, enough for one to two for everyone swapping, along with addresses and he mails everyone one (or two etc.) of each pattern. I'll post up another thread and see if some folks want to start a new one. Otherwise, I'll be glad to swap some with you. I can send you what I tied up (JW will post photos), or some others. I know some of your patterns, and can try to send you something different.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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