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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Belgium / zoersel

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Luc384 on Oct 9, 2007October 9th, 2007, 11:38 pm EDT
Hi Guys,
here some pictures from the Huchen or Donausalmon to give you an idea about this fish!
Kind regards from
The worst day fishing is still better than the best day at work!!
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Oct 10, 2007October 10th, 2007, 6:09 am EDT
whoa... I wouldnt get in the water with that thing
I am haunted by waters
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Oct 10, 2007October 10th, 2007, 6:47 am EDT
Holy Mackeral. Or should that be Holy Taimen? What a fish!!!!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Gene on Oct 10, 2007October 10th, 2007, 8:45 am EDT

Is that the Huchen of the Danube River System? Unbelievable! What did you catch him on?...A large midget dressed as fish?

Gentlemen: Last I knew about Huchen. This classification system may have changed but here it is:

Huchen (Hucho hucho)

Original Range: from the Danube to Siberia and South to Japan

Essentially a river fish but sometimes found in lakes.

Overall shape similar to the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) but a bit more cylindrical with a larger head and large adipose fin. When small in some stream it is mistaken for a brown trout. However, brownies have red or orange spots Huchens do not.

High growth rate of up to 4 lbs per year.

Huchen usually spawn between March and May.

Introduction elsewhere has usually met with failure due to the fish's high oxygen requirements and low pollution tolerance. It is considered endangered. Flesh not considered as good as salmon but palatable none the less.

Also very hard to rear in hatcheries due to oxygen requirements and size of fish.

A beautiful fish that most of us unfortunately will never be able to fish for but we are glad for Luc and friends. Have a beer or wine for all of us Luc!

tight lines and big Huchens

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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Oct 10, 2007October 10th, 2007, 1:32 pm EDT
Geez, what was the length and weight on that thing?

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

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Luc384 on Oct 10, 2007October 10th, 2007, 9:47 pm EDT
The fish on my website is 22kilogram for 1.20meter!
I didn't caught the fish!!! I never fished the huchen yet... i'm invited for the first time now on november 15. Untill last year the huchen fishing was not permitted for strangers.. only for slovenian people. Now you need a licence and a guide if you want to fish the huchen.
I'll let you know how it went when i get back!!
Kind regards from
The worst day fishing is still better than the best day at work!!

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