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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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State College, PA

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Smallstream on Mar 21, 2008March 21st, 2008, 12:33 pm EDT
managed to go out and fish finally this year, first fish of the year, what a whopper lol!

some other cool pics of the stream

felt good to finally get out, springs almost here!
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Mar 21, 2008March 21st, 2008, 1:36 pm EDT
Spring is here as of yesterday, actually. :)

Whoever set the official dates clearly didn't live in Fairbanks.
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portsmouth, nh

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Joec on Mar 21, 2008March 21st, 2008, 3:58 pm EDT
Wow, I can't believe the difference in a few degrees of lattitude! I walked one of my favorite early season wild brook trout streams on Wednesday--there was more than 2 feet of compressed snow along the banks AND this stream is located very close to Great Bay (estuary) and of course, the Atlantic ocean. My favorite streams up north probably will not be fishable until early May. You are very lucky. By the way, those trout are sublimely beautiful. You found the BEST way to open a new season!
Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Mar 22, 2008March 22nd, 2008, 1:06 am EDT
Great job, Smallstream. I'll be out soon enough. The water was really high during Spring Break last week - killin' me.

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