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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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Troutnut.com User 87North (Jordan)

Troutnut.com User 87North (Jordan)

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New York
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I grew up spin fishing for bass with my father, in Upstate NY. He taught me a lot, since he grew up in Brooklyn in the 60s/70s, as he fished his entire life at Coney Island, Canarsie, and Sheepshead Bay. The issue is that I would become bored of throwing out a worm, and waiting for a bite, so I would give up relatively early.

Fast forward to around 21 years old, I randomly decide to pick up the hobby of trout fishing (with the help of being dumped). Fishing rivers and streams was an entirely different animal than fishing in ponds and lakes. I loved how alert, and active I needed to be. I loved how I need to be somewhat evasive while fishing, due to how smart trout are compared to bass, walleye, etc.

Maybe due to the cost, but I always looked the other way when it came to fly fishing. It was intimidating, expensive, and I didn't know anyone who could teach me. Eventually, like many other things in life, I figured that I need to teach myself. After taking the Orvis 101 class, I made friends with a couple people from the class that I continued to learn from. I'm 28, and it's been 3 years since I started, and can't tell you how much fun I'm having. Living in Western NY, right on Lake Ontario has been awesome, since we have the steelhead & salmon runs every year, that come in from the lake. I'm now moving back to my home city of Albany in the Fall of 2020, and can't wait to start back up in the Adirondacks.

I love fishing a mix of both fly rods, and spinning rods. I've found that what I will use will be dependent on the conditions of the water. I don't knock anyone for their choice of gear/tackle, and I always try to help others who have been in my previous position of confusion and frustration with fly fishing.
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- Echo ION XL 8wt Rod // Ion 7-9wt Reel // Steelhead & Salmon
- St. Croix Triumph Light Rod // Daiwa BG 2000 Reel

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