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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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Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Dec 28, 2007December 28th, 2007, 10:57 am EST
I am sure I am not the only one, but I am going fishing tomorrow. My brother is up from GA (which only happens once or twice per year). I am picking him up in York, PA and will probably head to Clark's and maybe one or two other places.

My brother is 13 years older than me and as kids we just didn't have much time together. I love the opportunity to fish with him. I am psyched. I can barely contain myself.

Just call me giddy.
Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Dec 29, 2007December 29th, 2007, 11:30 pm EST
Well you are one lucky guy.
One for going fishing today, (hope you stay warm)
and Two for having the right fishing buddy.

Both my fishing buddies passed away a few years back, and they are irreplaceable.
I suppose one could start a whole new thread on the qualities of the ideal fishing buddy, and I think that charisma and empathy would be close to the top, as well as being able to tell soo! convincingly, the most outrageous lies, with aplomb and decorum.
Man, I miss those guys.
I hope you have a blast today.

Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
Lancaster, PA

Posts: 81
Lam on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 12:49 pm EST
flybyknight -

Unforutnately we didn't catch too many fish, we each got a few but what the hell. As fly fishermen we all know that it isn't really all about the number of fish you catch as the actual experience itself.

We fished the run in Boiling Springs, PA and each got one (those fished are pounded daily). Then we went to Clark's Creek. We managed to pick up another 2 each but for the hours put in, that wasn't a lot of fish. Like I said though, the over all experience was great - a treasure actually. It is so rare to get out with my brother - despite the age difference, we share a sense of humor, a love for fishing, music interests, etc.

It was an awsome time and I wouldn't change a thing.

I am sorry to hear about your buddies. That must be a big loss.
Thanks for understaning my post in the first place, you really do "get it."

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Agot on Jan 8, 2008January 8th, 2008, 7:35 pm EST
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