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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Bellis on Sep 12, 2020September 12th, 2020, 1:01 pm EDT
Hey everybody. Simple question—-Simms G3 or Patagonia Swiftcurrent? Need some waders that I can use all year long—-hot and cold weather. Durable and breathable. I am a Simms guy, but am looking at the Patagonia’s. Any opinions or experience would be GREAT! Thanks...
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Martinlf on Sep 13, 2020September 13th, 2020, 1:59 am EDT
You might want to take a look at the Orvis Pro waders. They've been reviewed favorably, and I'm liking mine over my Simms waders. They are extremely durable, made of Cordura, and they come off a lot easier than Simms at the end of the day. I fished some on my knees this summer in low clear conditions, and they have built in knee pads (removable). I've heard good things about Patagonia, but haven't tried them.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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