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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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 Softhackle (Mark Libertone)

Troutnut.com User Softhackle (Mark Libertone)

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Mark Libertone
Wellsville, NY
Biography & Thoughts
I am a trained artist with a B.F.A. in Fine Art and a Masters in Synaesthetic Education, both from Syracuse University. Currently, I teach, part time, for Empire State College, and operate a graphic and fine art business. I'm a native New Yorker, and I still live in NY close to the banks of the Genesee River. I'm married with 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and one great grandchild on the way.

To me, Fly-fishing is an art and science, combined, and as such it is the experience, and perhaps sharing it, that is so very important to enjoyment of it.

Note from Troutnut: Unfortunately, we lost Mark several years ago. Because he was such a valued member of this community, I mirrored his webpage (with permission from his family) in a subfolder here (linked above), so we can all continue to appreciate his great artwork.
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