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

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

Dorsal view of a Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Pottsville Pa

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Flytyerinpa on Jun 14, 2016June 14th, 2016, 8:58 pm EDT
I was thinking of buying a whiting's cape but when I saw the size difference between red and green label compared to there High & Dry it looked like half the H&D was missing they are really small capes, anybody else take notice to that? Oh and the price was the same at least where I was looking at .
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Wiflyfisher on Jun 15, 2016June 15th, 2016, 3:57 pm EDT
I have all 3 Whiting cape brands.

The red labels are the Whiting Farms Hoffman line (excellent feather count)
The green labels are the Hebert Miner line (larger feathers, less feather count)
The High & Dry is supposed to be a cross between the red and green. The H&D capes i have are awesome. I generally buy all my Whiting capes from Campfire Lodge. They stock around 1,000 Whiting capes & saddles.


You name the Whiting color and Jim at Campfire Lodge has it!

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jun 17, 2016June 17th, 2016, 7:12 pm EDT
I'd like to add my $.02 to this post. A neck cape is okay if you tie many sizes of flies say from #10 - #22. I have never seen (not saying they don't exist) even top of the line necks that have really stiff big or really small feathers although there might be a good number #12 - #18. However if you can afford to buy Silver or Platinum saddles you get awesome 6" - 8" long in hackle sizes #10 - #12, #14 - #16, #18 - #22. So if you can afford the initial cost of a high grade saddle you will be able to tie hundreds of flies from each saddle. I can easily tie a minimum of four heavily hackled or six to eight flies with 2-3 turns of hackle (which account for 95% of the dry flies I tie.)
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Jun 22, 2016June 22nd, 2016, 1:49 pm EDT
You name the Whiting color and Jim at Campfire Lodge has it!

John...As you know I have visited Jim's place on the Madison a couple times, and every time someone has to pry me out of the place! :)

He has great hen sets as well for tying softhackles.

Oh...and the breakfasts there are out of this world!

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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