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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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FredH
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FredH on Mar 1, 2011March 1st, 2011, 4:26 am EST
Bob Mead has written an article about collecting flies and which tiers to snag some flies from. He mentioned a few tiers that frequent this site including Shawnny. http://www.myflies.com/Anglers-Corner.aspx
Shawnny3
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Shawnny3 on Mar 2, 2011March 2nd, 2011, 12:16 pm EST
Thanks, Fred. I heard a little while back that Bob was writing something, but I hadn't seen it. It's nice to be mentioned, but then, who doesn't he mention in the piece? I know Bob knows a lot of people, but wow... Even so, I can think of others he could have mentioned and didn't. There are a lot of talented tiers out there.

-Shawn

P.S. Congrats on his mention of your realistic tying, as well.
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
DrMartin
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DrMartin on Mar 5, 2011March 5th, 2011, 10:36 am EST
Hi, I'm new here but Bob's an old friend and Shawnny I can see your point of view..

It's a pretty tough article to write. Once you mention one person you would probably feel obligated to mention others or risk upsetting someone. Since no one knows everyone, it's impossible to not miss someone.

Keeping all that in mind I think Bob did a pretty good job on the article. He broke it down into types of tying and mentioned a few in each that he's become familiar with. I think it's more of a "type" of collectable tyer rather than these "are" the collectable tyers. In doing so he's giving the individual reader some ideas to help them locate tyers they feel are or will be collectable.

Hell, at least he didn't tell the reader to "google" you!!
David Martin
Shawnny3
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Shawnny3 on Mar 7, 2011March 7th, 2011, 1:15 am EST
Hey, David. Glad to see you posting here. I think you might find this site and forum to your liking.

The article was an interesting take on flytying, focused as you said on what makes a tier's work collectable - I'd never seen that before, and Bob was the perfect person to write it. I actually spoke with him this weekend about how chose the tiers he featured and what to say about each. It was fascinating - he's been around tying and tiers a long time. I'm just glad it wasn't left up to me.

By the way, your tying is amazing, David. As grotesque as it sounds, I googled you at Bob's suggestion and was not disappointed.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
DrMartin
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DrMartin on Mar 7, 2011March 7th, 2011, 11:45 am EST
Thanks Shawn, Bob told me about yours. You made an impression on him.. I know Jason from our original Realistic Fly Tying Forum.

Don't know if I'll have much of value to contribute..Guess we'll see...

David Martin

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