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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.

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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LenH on Jan 15, 2008January 15th, 2008, 6:04 am EST

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Martinlf on Jan 15, 2008January 15th, 2008, 8:46 am EST
Wow. These photos are so beautiful and a treat for those of us who are taking a break in the office.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Creno on Jan 15, 2008January 15th, 2008, 12:36 pm EST

Wonderful pictures! Is this really a natural spring that was piped for something long ago and is sort of restoring itself? If so natural springs like this are one of the neatest types of habitat with a tremendous amount of the most threatened native species. Is it currently relatively protected from future surface disturbance?

My avocation is primarily the caddis that inhabit such areas. Many of these areas are not marked on maps and have never been sampled to see what may be there. In the arid west we are still finding many new species at sites like this - although they are seldom this pretty.

For those of you wandering fisher persons who come across these in your other pursuits I would love to know where they are in case I get in the area to while collecting caddis sometime. Or if any of you have easy access to something like this and are interesting in collecting please contact me off line.

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LenH on Jan 16, 2008January 16th, 2008, 1:16 am EST
Less than 50 yards downstream

Beautiful skinny water loaded with eager brookies.

spring is located in Crawford County.
If you get this way sometime give me a shout.
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LenH on Feb 1, 2008February 1st, 2008, 6:25 am EST

I write a monthly Column for Midwest Outdoors Magazine. I would like to hear more about the springs? Do they have a name so I can research it for a story?

Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Feb 4, 2008February 4th, 2008, 1:08 pm EST
LenH - Did I get your request right? You want to know where the springs in the pictures are?


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LenH on Feb 4, 2008February 4th, 2008, 11:14 pm EST
clarifying email in route.

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