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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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By Troutnut on September 28th, 2021
After a few days of tiring legwork and mild frustration with the elk, I paused my cow elk hunt for one morning to recharge my batteries with some light trout fishing. I caught quite a few mid-sized cutthroat in a few hours of moderate action, then drove back to the elk woods to pack camp into a new spot in the evening.

Photos by Troutnut from the Greys River in Wyoming

The Greys River in Wyoming
The Greys River in Wyoming
Pretty specimen of the Snake River Fine-spotted Cutthroat Trout

From the Greys River in Wyoming
The Greys River in Wyoming

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