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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Wiflyfisher
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Wiflyfisher on Mar 13, 2010March 13th, 2010, 12:04 am EST
Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies is a great book for anyone looking to read about the history of the great Catskill trout streams and the famous Catskill fly tiers. The book also covers how to tie many of the original Catskill dry fly patterns.
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Shawnny3 on Mar 13, 2010March 13th, 2010, 1:26 am EST
I know I could just look this up, but for the sake of the thread, who is the author?

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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Wiflyfisher on Mar 13, 2010March 13th, 2010, 2:15 am EST
Mike Valla, in his youth he lived with the Dettes.
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Wbranch on Mar 13, 2010March 13th, 2010, 11:04 pm EST
"Mike Valla, in his youth he lived with the Dettes."

He often posts at njflyfishing.com

He has been posting frequently to a recent thread there. Just do a search for his name. That site is set-up so you can actually see how many threads someone starts and how many posts a person contributes too.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Wiflyfisher on Mar 13, 2010March 13th, 2010, 11:26 pm EST
The really cool Catskill fly tying website is Sparse Grey Matter...

http://www.sparsegreymatter.com/index.php

Lots of the old patterns are posted on Sparse Grey Matter by Mike, Joe Fox, Catskilljohn and others from the Catskills.

For Jason's sake... I believe Mike Valla went to Cornell.
Shawnny3
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Shawnny3 on Mar 14, 2010March 14th, 2010, 1:48 am EST
For Jason's sake... I believe Mike Valla went to Cornell.


Sounds like a good guy. Let's go Red!

For those interested in competitive sports, this winter has been a memorable one at Cornell, with the basketball team cracking the Top 25 and set to dance in the NCAAs, the men's hockey team crushing Harvard twice (four times, including the regular season) to advance in the ECAC tourney, the women's hockey team earning their first ever NCAA berth and subsequently crushing Harvard in the first round, and the wrestling team ranked #6 in the land entering the NCAAs. It's hard to imagine a better year in Cornell sports.

Sorry for the shameless rant. I'm a little excited. Oh, and Harvard sucks.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com

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