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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 March 25, 2012

Updates from March 25, 2012

Closeup insects by Bnewell from the Touchet River in Washington

Female Zapada columbiana (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Adult from the N. Fk Touchet River in Washington

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Troutnut
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Troutnut on Mar 26, 2012March 26th, 2012, 5:39 pm EDT
Wow, beautiful stonefly Bob! I've never seen one like that.
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Entoman on Mar 27, 2012March 27th, 2012, 1:11 am EDT
Ditto!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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