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  1. Elegant! ( Is that a dyed biot abdomen?)
  2. Either use a larger stacker, or a smaller clump of hair. Or--- even the tips before cutting them from the tail.
  3. Thanks, but I already have more skins than I need. And yes- if they're snowshoe hares the feet are very good for dries.
  4. It would be a shame to waste all that fine dubbing. You could preserve the skin or just the mask with salt and/or borax (a valuable learning experience if you don't already know how). Or you could just trim the fur off with clippers or scissors. Easy to wash, dye, blend and store. And save you lots of money on dubbing. What do you do with the feet? Are they snowshoe hares?
  5. rockworm

    Take the Quiz!

    I made this one a few years ago using perl. (I don't even know if it still works!) The graphics are terrible and the database is pretty small, but I have yet to find the time to make improvements. I remember it was actually an enjoyable challenge. http://www.fishermonk.com/trivia/triv07a.pl BTW I scored 20 on your quiz. (Greece was where the first flies were tied. Right?)
  6. I believe grayling were endemic here until the logging boom (literally) wiped out their habitat in the 1930s.
  7. I like the pattern very much. (But maybe a bit sparser than your example.) I may adapt this one to the caddis is my region. Thanks!
  8. I didn't know him. Probably wouldn't have liked him. But damn- That was a fine obit!
  9. rockworm

    Fly ID

    I can't figure out how you measured it but it is clearly what we in Canada call a "no-see-um!"
  10. I would be tempted to braid it; make a tiny ponytail and use that, maybe as the body of an extended dry fly or nymph. Maybe even a fancy parachute wing post.
  11. 5 looks like it might be a Matuka.
  12. That seems to be true. I am tying up a mess of black pheasant tail nymphs in hopes of starting the season right. The problem here is the hatch generally happens when the river is (mostly) still frozen over. I see the little buggers on the snow but can't find much water to fish in....
  13. rockworm


    If you want to know what the nymph looks like I would suggest you look at the paintings in Schweibert's Nymphs. He also describes his own pattern: Great Leadwing Drake Nymph (Hexagenia atrocaudata) hook: 6-8 Mustad 79580 thread: brown 6/0 tails: dark olive-brown pheasant fibers tergites: dark amber underbody with pale dorsal stripe and dark brown crescent-shaped markings sternites: dark amber underbody with brown lacquer ventral markings overbody: natural flat nylon monofilament gills: dark olive-brown marabou thickly bunched at the sides and secured with fine gold wire thorax: dark amber underbody with flat nylon overbody wing cases: dark greyish-olive feather section tyed down over thorax legs: dark amber mottled pheasant hackle head: brown thread I find his patterns a bit too elaborate, but this should give you a good start on your own nymphs. Remember that colouration often differs from one location to another. Try to catch and photograph some of you local nymphs.
  14. RiverCred didn't say his craneflies hatched on the water- only that there was a hatch of them. Nothing to stop the adult Dolichopeza tridenticula from flying over the water in search of a mate after emerging from the moss. They may even congregate there- in the free airspace over the water. If RiverCred has correctly identified the species then the larvae and pupae would not normally be on the trout's diet.
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