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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Troutnut on May 21, 2007May 21st, 2007, 10:07 am EDT
I've been eagerly awaiting this book ever since I heard a couple years ago that Ernest Schwiebert was working on a new edition of Nymphs. His writing was so insightful in his original entomology books 40+ years ago; I can't wait to his take on new developments in the sport like synthetic materials and all the new tying styles, as well as the wisdom he picked up in the decades since his work was first published.

June 1, 2007: Nymphs Volume I: Mayflies: The Major Species - 672 pages!

Book description from Amazon:
For the fly fisher seeking to catch more and bigger trout, fishing nymphs--patterns that mimic the larval stage of mayflies--can be a surefire approach. Nymphs: The Mayflies, the first volume in a totally revised edition of the 1973 original, is the singular authority on identifying the myriad species of mayfly larvae and tying imitations that will attract trout all across the country.

Author Ernest G. Schwiebert spent the last fifty years of his life traveling, fishing, and gathering information on scores of mayfly species across the country. The 1973 edition of Nymphs set forth his initial findings. Now in this wholly revised and expanded form, Schwiebert's last work offers the reader exacting details of every major mayfly species for the sake of identification, along with recipes for dozens of fly patterns to imitate them.

This new edition also contains numerous stories and anecdotes from Schwiebert's travels, some never set down in writing before, that further add to the understanding of how to choose, cast, and fish nymphs, and life.

July 1, 2007: Nymphs Volume II: Caddisflies, Stoneflies, and Other Important Insects: Including the Lesser Mayflies - 800 pages!

Book description from Amazon:
After the mayfly family, detailed in Nymphs: The Mayflies, the fly fisher must know the caddisfly, stonefly, and midge populations just as well to catch trout that are keyed in on such insects. Nymphs: Caddisflies, Stoneflies, and Other Important Species gives the reader all the essential information about identifying individual species of these insects throughout their North American range, and then delves into detailed instructions for scores of artificial patterns to imitate them. Few books in fishing literature have focused so closely on so many individual species of the particular genera of aquatic insects in this volume.

And just as in Nymphs: The Mayflies, this book contains numerous stories and anecdotes from Schwiebert's travels that illuminate the selection and use of nymph patterns, and recount great days spent on the water as interpreted through one of the great minds of modern fly fishing.

I'm going to preorder the first volume, then order the second as soon as I have a set shipping address after I move to Alaska.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
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Troutnut on Jun 10, 2007June 10th, 2007, 8:18 am EDT
Damn, it's June 10th and the book is still not available. Amazon sent me an email saying it would be delayed, but they didn't say for how long. Volume II is still due out on July 1st but I find it hard to believe they'll meet that deadline either.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Taxon on Jun 15, 2007June 15th, 2007, 1:34 pm EDT

Finally broke down and ordered Volume I from Amazon. A friend of mine received Volume I from another internet bookseller several days ago, but he paid a lot closer to retail price for it. The ship date that came up on my order was July 1, with an estimated (standard) delivery of July 6-10.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck

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