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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Pursuing Golden Trout with my Wife

Pursuing Golden Trout with my Wife

By Troutnut on June 13th, 2019, 11:25 am EDT
This blog post is just a quick teaser for the long-form photo-journal I wrote about my favorite trip of last summer (2018), in which my wife and I backpacked into some high mountains for three days in pursuit of Golden Trout and had one of the prettiest places on Earth all to ourselves.

A few favorite images will serve as teasers for the full story:






Read it here.

Note: The bugs showing up below this post on the front page are only there because I uploaded them on the same day I posted the note about this story. They're from a different state and time of year.

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington

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Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jun 14, 2019June 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm EDT
Is that your first alpine lake golden trout?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Jun 14, 2019June 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm EDT
Nope, I caught one the previous year (2017) in a much, much more difficult adventure here near Seattle. This trip was plenty of work but comparatively easy.
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Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
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Martinlf on Jun 19, 2019June 19th, 2019, 6:16 am EDT
Breathtaking photos. Thanks for sharing this.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jun 19, 2019June 19th, 2019, 8:23 am EDT
All beautiful, especially the little fishie.

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

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