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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionEastern USA
Specific LocationVirginia
Dates FishedSept 16, 2007
Time of Day1300 - 1700
Fish CaughtChubbs
Conditions & HatchesSunny, warm, no hatches

Details and Discussion

Woodbridge, VA

Posts: 3
Switchfishe on Nov 6, 2007November 6th, 2007, 8:51 am EST
Just got around to getting the trip report on Smith Creek up on my blog. Visited the upper area and the special reg area in late September based on the recommendations in Flyfisher's Guide to Virginia.

While it was a pretty area as you can see from the picture, the fishing was terrible. This is stocked, but was stocked way back in April - pretty much nobody home at this point in the year.

There is good walk to get here down a steep hill. I advise against this spot unless you know it has been refreshed.
Blog: http://www.switchfisher.com
Woodbridge, VA

Posts: 3
Switchfishe on Nov 6, 2007November 6th, 2007, 8:52 am EST
Sorry - the picture did not post. I'll figure out what I did wrong on the next post
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