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  1. :=)) Home sweat Montana Home.
  2. Thank you Vic Rider. I've been laying low for a little over a year. Covid-19 wacked me pretty hard. I'm on the mend though, now some 14 months later. The one good thing that came out of this virus debacle is the start of a book. I've been too weak to work anything more than the keyboard until maybe two months ago. And I've written a lot. Fly fishing books don't make money for authors anyway. So I think I'll publish it myself. That way I can make no money my way instead of make no money their way. In one more year I'll have it. I have boats to build too. Photographs to make. Flies to make. Code to write. Retirement is too much damned work.
  3. Male pmds are smaller more yellow and hyper active. They seldom float for more than 12 inches--twitching the whole time--before flying. I've heard people argue mayflies face upstream as they drift, and therefore conclude we should tie the dry flies in reverse, with tails over the eye of the hook (if you cast upstream?). But the males twist in all directions before flying. The females are less active but even the slightest breath of wind will turn them this way and that, as they ride the surface tension. The females are larger and more olive and almost sedentary. They'll drift nearly motionless for 20 feet of more before flying off. From what I've seen the fish eat everything that comes their way: cripples with one wing up, one wing drowned, stuck in the nymphal shuck, dead and spent wing or fully upright dun. If it comes to them, in their feeding station, on their rising rhythm, they take every one--every natural that is. As we've all witnessed...............they often refuse artificials 1 Do they "key in on cripples?" Not that I've ever seen. They eat'em all. 1 ...actually I have at least a few times seen spooky, nervous, caught-too-many times fish on pay for access Spring Creeks refuse natural mayflies. Which is a really weird side effect of fishing pressure. But in general the fish eat anything and everything real that comes their way. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  4. Female PMD -- O'Hair's Spring Creek Livingston MT July 4, 2010 Male PMD -- O'Hair's Spring Creek Livingston MT July 4, 2010 It's interesting to note the male in this photo has no tail fibers. That turns out to be surprisingly common. I think (hey I get to guess too) it's because they simply break off sometimes, during the eclosion process. I've seen it numerous times. I have a photo of a male BWO somewhere, with no tails, side by side with others that do have tails.
  5. Jellystone Nymph Think of it as foam without the air bubbles. This is one of the most universally effective trout stream flies in the history of Western Civilization. Am I full of it? Putting everybody on? Telling the truth? Being a wise ass? Ok. The answer is at least two of the previous choices :=)) The big brown Pteronarcys Salmon Fly nymphs are vegetarian detritus eaters requiring cold water temperatures and highly oxygenated waters to survive. Their numbers are dwindling. They are almost extinct now on the Yellowstone downstream from Emigrant. The Salmon Fly hatches on the Madison above Ennis MT and the Big Hole above Twin Bridges get thinner every year. Golden stoneflies, on the other hand, are carnivorous. They eat other insects for a living and they are far more heat tolerant. I still find Golden Stonefly nymphs on the Madison as far down as the Cobblestone Fishing access, 40 miles or so downstream from Ennis Montana. Salmon flies have been gone from Cobblestone since the early 1960s.
  6. This photo was taken on a lighted background, in a petri dish of water. That's how I got the yellow gill fronds to flay out. The background on the original image was a mess with bits of detritus etc. This is a ten year old image. But today I used software techniques to blur the background, leaving only the bug sharp. It helps a lot. The original image looked like a Stonefly Nymph suspended in sewer water.
  7. RE> "tails" Not the best photo but it does have the tails. I need to get some new bugs. The Mother's Day Caddis are hatching now. I might be able to get out Monday. There are mayflies from dinosaur times--preserved in amber--that are essentially unchanged from now.
  8. At my vise.............March Brown Spinner.
  9. ...found another one. Son of Mothra. The Callibaetis Monster. This one isn't quite as sharp for some reason. The date stamp on this photo is May 15, 2014. I need to get some new bugs.
  10. skeet3t asked to see my bug photography setup. I cut a rectangle of 1/8" plexiglass with table saw. Heated it with heat gun so it was soft and bent it a bit. lip down in front, up in back. Put it on sticks next to a table. Mount camera on tripod. Point two umbrella strobes at the plexiglass. Put a slave flash underneath, shining up if shooting down. Else if shooting horizontally put a slave flash behind, that flashes when the umbrellas flash, so the background isn't dark. Shoot manual focus manual exposure. Twist things this way and that until it looks right. The focus stacking setup would take a day or two to explain. There are videos on youtube but I do it differently. The next plateau for me is video. I have all the stuff. Lights. Microphone. New camera. Software. Only the action is still missing.
  11. Re> Greek to me It's easy. It only took me ten years to learn.
  12. I had raccoon chili once. Was surprisingly good.
  13. For tethering Nikon or Canon Entangle HeliconRemote or Qdslrdashboard. For Sony (what I've switched to) Sony has free tethering software. Sony cameras are amazing. Mirrorless is best for fancy focusing because it can show you with red highlights what is and is not in focus. For focus stacking Helicon focus or ZereneStacker. I like Zerene best. For image editing I shoot raw. Edit in Darktable and then Gimp. The Gimp Gmic plugin is hot stuff. Photoshop/Lightroom is good, perhaps even best--but it is expensive. Darktable and Gimp are free. Darktable is complex and hard to learn. But mucho powerful.
  14. that is uncropped. 105mm macro lens with 6" inches of extension tubes. Old photo. I have since learned how to do focus stacking. Hope to get some new bugs this year. For focus stacking you have to use vapors to knock them out without killing them, so they don't move. Put bug on white plexy glass with slave flash underneath, shining up at maybe 1/64th power. Two umbrella strobes synched to camera. Stacking with Cognysis focusing rail, tethering software, USB cables and ZereneStacker software Perseverance selected cuss words and obsessive stubbornness.
  15. .......landed on my screen door a few years ago. So I snagged it and walked it down to my light tent in the basement
  16. The guard hairs make good hair hackle wet flies. If you tie them on in front of a bead they flare out like a woven hair hackle. Without the weaving.
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