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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.

Dorsal view of a Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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GldstrmSam
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Fairbanks, Alaska

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GldstrmSam on Sep 22, 2012September 22nd, 2012, 2:09 pm EDT
Today is the day that we process turkeys, so that means I have a chance to get some feathers.
Does any body know a fly tying use for any white feathers from different parts of the turkey?
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
CaseyP
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Sep 22, 2012September 22nd, 2012, 2:41 pm EDT
the white body feathers are great for making quills out of for quill-bodied dry flies. check out A.K. Best's patterns. he's got a whole system of stripping and dying them.

they also make nice little posts for parachutes.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Sep 22, 2012September 22nd, 2012, 10:19 pm EDT
Hi Sam,

Yes indeed! Marabou (streamers, emergers, etc.) and neck feathers or "T-base" come to mind (for wing posts on parachute patterns). Some of the body feathers or "flats" are also good, and the leading edges of their flight feathers have long quills that can be dyed to use for quill bodies and stonefly tails. They are much better than goose in terms of toughness and length. In their natural white state they are great for Prince Nymph wings. Lots of useful feathers!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
GldstrmSam
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Fairbanks, Alaska

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GldstrmSam on Sep 23, 2012September 23rd, 2012, 9:41 pm EDT
Thanks Guys,

By the time I read your posts the turkeys were done, but I did get some off the ground.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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