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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Bowmandjk on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 12:37 pm EST
can anyone tell me how to tie a maggot ball and what material to use
State College, PA

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Smallstream on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 2:46 pm EST
eewww whats a maggot ball?
Oregon Coast

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Flybinder on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 6:56 pm EST
Unable to post a picture here, I can "try" and tell you what the Maggot Ball fly is like!?!
Tied on a #14 scud hook.
Take 3 to 4 strands of antron white yarn,or, equivalent.1" long
Using 6/0 or 8/0 black thread, tie one end of yarn to hook.Mid shank.
On loose end, QUICKLY singe end with a lighter or match, until end melts and turns dark. (either dark brown or black, depending on type of yarn used).
That's about it,for a "Maggot Ball" fly!
Hope this helps and hope you catch fish on it! In larger sizes, this fly's been used for steelhead quite often!
"You should'a been here, NEXT week,the fishing's great!"
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 11:48 pm EST

A picture can be found at the above site.

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Bowmandjk on Nov 6, 2007November 6th, 2007, 7:01 am EST
lam and flybinder thanks for the info i heard they where great for steelhead and early trout ill give them a try thanks again

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