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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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General RegionNorthern michigan
Dates FishedMarch 3
Fish CaughtBrown trout
Conditions & HatchesStreamers

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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Mar 6, 2021March 6th, 2021, 6:46 am EST
Well winter may be on the way out here in Michigan, and I haven’t fished since early December. So, with temps projected to be in the 40,s and some sun, I went north on Wednesday. Fished my favorite river, water was low with a little runoff stain. Temps were 17 degrees when I started and got up to maybe the low 40’s. I fished streamers all day, but around noon I tied on a sparkle minnow pattern in black and caught 3 fish within a half hour. It ended up being a 4 mile hike as my 2 wheel drive equinox sucks in any cold water conditions and I got stuck pretty good last time so I walk now. I had a great time and I’m looking forward to better times every week.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 6, 2021March 6th, 2021, 9:25 am EST
Awesome! Good for you. I've not fished since my last smallmouth trip on November 13. I've learned steelhead are on the move where I normally fish and I'll probably be going up three days next week. That brown looks pretty thick considering it has endured along winter.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Mar 6, 2021March 6th, 2021, 10:18 am EST
Color me jealous. Hoping to get out to my favorite spot in the next couple weeks. Browns won't be that big though.
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Roguerat on Mar 7, 2021March 7th, 2021, 7:58 am EST

NICE water and NICE Brown, thanks for sharing this! I'd ask what stream but know better...although I did 'borrow' the first pic for my computer's desktop image.

The streambed looks fairly wadeable, any rocksnot to speak of?

Anyway, this got my spring fever in high gear and I'm checking local flows...temps in the high 50's this coming week, maybe- just maybe- get out and wet a line.


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 7, 2021March 7th, 2021, 9:08 am EST
Nice work! Thanks for sharing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Mar 8, 2021March 8th, 2021, 6:39 am EST
DANG, Mike, you been out already??? Well done, big beefy brown you got there! Kudos to you for getting out in these cold temps. We've had sooooo much wind lately I sure haven't felt like doing much out-of-doors this winter, not to mention the Polar Vortex...

Nice job & thanks for the inspiration!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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