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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Littleton, Colorado

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Sundula on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 4:59 pm EST
I have a lot of tattoos but I finally got one started that was dedicated to my love of fly fishing. I have some work left to get done on it but I figured you guys/girls my like to see it. I also can't be the only one with a fishing tattoo let's see them (Stay classy San Deigo :))
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 3, 2008January 3rd, 2008, 12:30 am EST
Love those spots on the brown. Nice work.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jan 3, 2008January 3rd, 2008, 9:52 am EST
and that graceful mayfly--green drake? a work of art! and we have some of those around here...thanks for the look; someone knows how to do the color right for you.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Jan 3, 2008January 3rd, 2008, 3:22 pm EST
Hi Ben-
It certainly appears that you have an eye for detail. Very nice.
I checked out your profile and it would seem we have some common ties. I spent ten years in Littleton and frequented many of the spots you mentioned; the South Platte being closest to home. I covered a lot of water back in those years. I’ve spent the month of March up on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan for the last ten years. The midge fishing has me hooked big time. Two years ago I had some of the greatest fishing in my life on the Fork it beat the heck out of the Pan. Keep up on the nymph fishing. Some day it will just click and when it does it’s a beautiful thing.

Good luck!
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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Swittersb on Jul 5, 2008July 5th, 2008, 11:11 am EDT

Sorry could not figure out how to post pic here...but should some one check this post in the future here are a couple of tat's...or check out at swittersb weblog, a blog for beginning flyfishers....take care



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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jul 5, 2008July 5th, 2008, 8:22 pm EDT
Very good looking work. I'd love to get one done but would hate to have it look like crap if the guy had never done atrout tat before.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

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Jjlyon01 on Jul 6, 2008July 6th, 2008, 12:44 pm EDT
Your tat looks awesome. I'm planning on getting one similar on my bicep and was wondering how much that cost you to get done. I have found a guy who does wonderful trout tats and has offered me a discount if I were to go up to Canada and go fly fishing. His site is www.sugarshacktattoo.com, he has some pictures of ink he has put on others. I am also planning on getting a mayfly on my ring finger to show the girls where my priorities lie, just so there is no confusion when and if she says yes haha.
"I now walk into the wild"
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Oct 14, 2008October 14th, 2008, 2:19 am EDT
Freepow, in case Sundula doesn't get back to you soon, take a look at the top of this thread.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Oct 14, 2008October 14th, 2008, 3:49 pm EDT
Very nice artwork! I'm not a tattoo person, but I like art. , and people have been adorning their bodies with this art form for many years.

"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Marquette, MI

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UPTroutBum on Oct 14, 2008October 14th, 2008, 5:18 pm EDT
A buddy of mine has the AEG Media fish skeleton on his chest, its a real nice tat. I have been thinking about getting the outline of the Upper Peninsula about 4 inches long and with a dry fly (adams) puncturing through Marquette. Its already been drawn up, I just need to commit to it.
" The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with
all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas." John Voelker

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MrRogers on Feb 10, 2009February 10th, 2009, 5:56 am EST
Damn! That's going to be really sick when its all finished.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 10, 2009February 10th, 2009, 1:47 pm EST

Do you think you'll like it as much when ur eighty? If so go for it.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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