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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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Weamer Truform PMD

Report at a Glance

General RegionMontana
Specific LocationParadise Valley
Dates FishedJuly 2021
Conditions & HatchesPMD's I hope

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Feb 6, 2021February 6th, 2021, 7:59 am EST
Here's a Weamer Truform PMD in size 18. I'd tried to tie one of these a few years back, and was not pleased with the outcome. After tying lots of parachutes, and finding some new techniques and materials I was ready to give it a go again. This one has legs, and according to Weamer, putting them under the fly makes a difference. I'm not so sure, as every fly inventor seems to think their pattern is superior, but it's fun trying new styles. This tie is more complex than the no hackle, but somewhat easier to get right. My wife, who has the good phone, has been pretty patient with taking photos for me, but the bottom view did cut off the back of the fly. It was for the legs, anyway.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wbranch on Feb 6, 2021February 6th, 2021, 9:07 am EST
That is an awesome looking PMD! Just a cool look and it may be just the ticket for selective trout. I've always felt that if you possess a special fly unlike the hundreds that rising fish have already seen thousands of times it will be more effective.

What is the post? Is the abdomen and thorax the same kind of material? Is the abdomen just multiple courses of thread or is it a sparse fur noodle? Is that grizzly hackle dyed light yellow? It will easily pass as a PMD spinner too.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Feb 6, 2021February 6th, 2021, 10:42 am EST
The post is light yellow poly yarn. The abdomen is 6/0 uni-thread coated with flexament, and the thorax is a lighter shade of the dubbing I sent you. The hackle is grizzly dyed yellow. I dyed up some feathers for PMD's a while back. I have some light olive ones too, but have been liking the yellow. Paul Weamer gave me one of his flies on the Delaware some years back, and I have a handout on how to tie the fly. I can make a PDF and send it to you if you'd like. The hooks are Daiichi--1230, I think.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wbranch on Feb 6, 2021February 6th, 2021, 12:11 pm EST
The hackle is grizzly dyed yellow


Instead of dying grizzly feathers or some other materials I just go to Michael's craft stores and buy indelible ink pens. Mot of them have two ends with caps. One end is a fine point and the other a broad point. I'll color some of my Hoffmann grizzly saddle.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Feb 8, 2021February 8th, 2021, 5:37 pm EST
Nice-looking fly! I tied some of Weamer's pattern a long while ago, for some other hatch, and they never really made it into my main rotation but I never really gave them a proper shot either. Maybe it's time to try again.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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