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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

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Jjlyon01 on Nov 8, 2007November 8th, 2007, 12:37 pm EST
Never really fly-fished for steelies, caught my first one three weeks ago. Can anyone enlighten me on how to catch these beauties?
"I now walk into the wild"
Potter County, PA

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SlateDrake9 on Nov 8, 2007November 8th, 2007, 12:52 pm EST
If you can nymph fish for trout, than you can fish for Great Lakes steelhead.

Pick your favorite egg pattern and go for it.

Streamers work too.
Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake

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