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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.

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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Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 2, 2021April 2nd, 2021, 3:25 am EDT
I think that these are the kinds of flies we should be using; too bad it takes so long to make one though lol!!

https://www.fieldandstream.com/story/fishing/most-realistic-trout-flies/
Jmd123
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Jmd123 on Apr 2, 2021April 2nd, 2021, 5:42 am EDT
“They are some of the most detail-oriented, articulate tiers I’ve ever seen,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to fish one of their flies, not because it’s not fishable but because I wouldn’t want to lose it.” For his own fishing, Harman usually goes with more basic patterns."

If you spend two hours tying it, do you really wanna risk losing it on your first cast? (Yes, it's happened to me, including with expensive lures...). They are beautiful and sometimes almost anatomically correct down to the tarsal segment. Best put on display over your fly-tying station to show off to friends what you can do. The fish don't care, impressionism works remarkably well and takes a lot less time to tie.

But, that's my opinion, from a guy who uses a helluva lot of elkhair caddis...let the debate begin!

The one kind of fly I'll take longer on is a popper, deerhair or otherwise. Getting one of those to look just right takes some trimming or painting...

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

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