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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Updates from June 10, 2011

Updates from June 10, 2011

Videos by Troutnut from Gunnysack Creek in Alaska

Alaska Range twilight time lapse

I shot a picture every twenty seconds for a few hours as the sunlight faded over the Alaska Range above Black Rapids, and compressed them into this time lapse. It's amazing how much the mountains directly affect the clouds, and I never really appreciated it until I saw them in motion like this.

Photos by Troutnut from Gunnysack Creek, Miscellaneous Alaska, Coal Mine Road, the Delta River, and Ober Creek in Alaska

Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Richardson Highway in Alaska
Coal Mine Road in Alaska
Coal Mine Road in Alaska
The Delta River in Alaska
The old small-scale coal mine, along with erosion from Ober Creek, left these coal seams exposed on a hillside, mixed in with other sedimentary rocks.

From Ober Creek in Alaska
Ober Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Richardson Highway in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
This is some species of lupine, but I'm not sure which.

From Coal Mine Road in Alaska
Richardson Highway in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
This panorama of the Alaska Range from a high point on Coal Mine Road gives you a taste of the vastness of the landscape.  Of course, it has to be viewed full-size.

From Coal Mine Road in Alaska
The Delta River in Alaska

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Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jun 15, 2011June 15th, 2011, 6:49 pm EDT
SPECTACULAR!!! What a colorful place! Reminds me of Isle Royale, which still does not compare for spectacular scenery (where else does?) but is also a very colorful place, right down to the rocks on the beaches, where you could find them in every color of the rainbow. Love the wildflower shots!! It's just the botanist (BS, U of Michigan, 1986) in me talking...Thanks for sharing!

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

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PaulRoberts on Jun 15, 2011June 15th, 2011, 7:31 pm EDT
Wonderful.

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