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

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

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 Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 2:10 am EDT
Hello, everyone. I've attached a few photos of my latest tying project, the Golden Arrow. This past hunting season, my father harvested his 100th whitetail deer with a bow. I created the Golden Arrow for him to commemorate the achievement.

The point, shaft, and nock were shaped from a single section of 18-karat gold, 16-gauge wire. The fletching was made from kori bustard and Amherst pheasant. The tying was done completely in hand, back to front, in three distinct sections, lacquering being completed after each step. This allowed the thread wraps to be completely lacquered without lacquer touching the scarlet floss.

You may find a more complete description of my thought process here.

Hope you enjoy it.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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Falsifly on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 2:27 am EDT
Once again Shawn, absolutely outstanding!!!!!
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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 Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 3:48 am EDT
Cool, Shawn.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Martinlf on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 3:48 am EDT
Cool, Shawn.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Flatstick96 on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 6:25 am EDT
Really sweet - can't wait to see it in person.

What was the overall length?
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Shawnny3 on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 1:23 pm EDT
Thanks, guys.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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Wiflyfisher on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 1:30 pm EDT
Shawn, that is awesome!

So will your Dad use that to spear the trout? :)
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JAD on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 1:44 pm EDT
Shawn that is remarkable, I'll take a dozen.

JAD

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.
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Lastchance on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 2:39 pm EDT
Beautiful!
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Shawnny3 on Apr 21, 2010April 21st, 2010, 2:34 pm EDT
Thanks again, guys.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
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CaseyP on Apr 21, 2010April 21st, 2010, 4:41 pm EDT
oh, be still, my beating heart!

(and this is by a chemist? Troutnuts really are amazing people!)
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