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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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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Trout, Salmon, and Grayling, Page 2

Trout, Salmon, and Grayling, Page 2

Salmonids large and small rank among nature's most pleasing sights. These are my best pictures of trout and their relatives: salmon, grayling, and whitefish.

My nicest Cutthroat Trout yet, a beautiful 18-incher. I'll remember this fish forever.
Nice rainbow with just a bit of cutthroat blood in the mix
A 15 3/4" Brook Trout, my personal best. I saw this fish chase a smaller one out of the depths of a deep pool, but without a great view I thought it was just a good-sized rainbow. I worked the pool for 15-20 minutes trying to catch that "rainbow" and was thrilled when, after a few minutes of strong fighting, it came close enough for me to see the giant brook trout on the end of my line.
So far I've only really chased Westslope Cutthroat in small streams. Two fish around 11-12" from this stream were my biggest yet. The other one squirmed away from my gentle grip before I could get a photo.
A nicely-colored example of the Columbia River Redband rainbow trout subspecies, Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri.
Westslope Cutthroat Trout from a tiny, remote stream in Washington
I caught this 18-incher about half an hour after playing for 3-5 minutes and then losing what I'm pretty sure was the same fish. It's the first time a big trout ever gave me a second chance. Both hookings were on a size 18 parachute BWO to match the light Baetid hatch the fish were rising to.
My biggest fish from this tiny creek so far
Big Arctic grayling eating a Drunella doddsii mayfly dun.
My sheefish (a predatory speices of whitefish), 12-15 lbs or so, caught and released on a white and chartreuse streamer.
Beautiful grayling brought to hand.
The dorsal fin of a grayling is one of the prettiest sights in Alaska.
It's hard to capture the full beauty of a well-colored arctic grayling in a photo that can't show its iridescence.  This one was just so colorful he pretty much made up for it.
A perfect brook trout.
A small brown trout jumps at the end of my line.  Photo by Sandy Neuswanger.  Yes, the most popular photo on this website was taken by my mom when I handed off the camera to play this fish!
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