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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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TNEAL on Sep 13, 2015September 13th, 2015, 4:22 am EDT
Jason has kindly allowed me to share that I am "over hackled' with saddles and will make them available to troutnutters at my cost. I have 35-40 or so that I won't be using for at least five years. Let me know if you are interested.

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Jmd123 on Sep 13, 2015September 13th, 2015, 11:12 am EDT
Hey Tim, what colors do you have? One can never have too many (OK, perhaps you do...).

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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TNEAL on Sep 15, 2015September 15th, 2015, 9:06 am EDT

I have grizzly, brown, barred ginger, dyed black, dun, cream and ginger.
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Roguerat on Sep 15, 2015September 15th, 2015, 1:42 pm EDT

Picking nits here but is the ginger light or medium?

And, being saddles, are they sized for a range of hooks?

Lots of questions, but I might be interested.

tight lines from a fellow Michigander albeit south of your stomping/fishing grounds (I'm nearer the 'west coast' L Michigan area...).

I was fairly close to Grayling a few weeks back, on the Big Manistee at CCC Bridge and roughin' it at the campground. Heaven on earth...


'Less is more...'

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TNEAL on Sep 15, 2015September 15th, 2015, 8:07 pm EDT

The ginger is medium..

They will tie a variety of sizes depending on the saddle. Let me know what you are looking for and I'll see if something fits.

PM me if you would..

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Wiflyfisher on Sep 23, 2015September 23rd, 2015, 3:38 pm EDT
You have had grizzly saddles for 5 years? You mean you sat on them through the hair fade craze??? Whiting is still holding on to his grizz saddles and capes hoping for a return of the hair feather fade.

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TNEAL on Sep 24, 2015September 24th, 2015, 4:24 am EDT
I never sold any of the 130 or so saddles I own. Disconcerting to me that the companies turned their backs on those who put them in business in the first place. I should say I never sold any at the outrageous prices they were commanding. I did sell a few to fellow fly tyers.

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