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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

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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Dryfly on Sep 24, 2009September 24th, 2009, 4:05 pm EDT
What is used to laquer turkey tails for flies like the Hares Ear or Kaufmann stonefly?
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GONZO on Sep 25, 2009September 25th, 2009, 3:17 am EDT

For preparing feathers used as wing cases, artist's fixative sprays (or similar products like Tuffilm) can be had at craft or art supply stores. A quick-drying clear acrylic spray (Krylon, etc.) will also do the job. For a bit more durability, brushing on thinned Flexament is another alternative. Acrylic artist's gel medium (also from craft or art suppy stores) is probably one of the most economical options. It can be thinned with water and brushed on, and you have a choice of gloss or matte.
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Dryfly on Sep 25, 2009September 25th, 2009, 5:32 am EDT
Thanks, Gonzo. Got some Krylon workable fixative. I think it'll work.I like the synthetics like Thin Skin as much as anyone else, but regular old turkey has some very buggy realistic mottling. Shane

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RedQuill27 on Nov 16, 2009November 16th, 2009, 10:45 am EST
I use Krylon all my quills (goose, duck, turkey).

This has nothing to do with krylon but if you are tying a fly with calf, mink guard hairs, etc.. use a couple of drops of Lemon Lime soda. It will make them a little sticker. I thought it was B.S. I always used head cement, but the soda does work better.

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