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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionNortheast
Dates Fished04/13/2008
Time of Day2:00 - 6:15 PM
Fish CaughtWILD brown trout!
Conditions & HatchesBeautiful 40 degree day! The water was nice and chilly, and the flow was about right (maybe a little low).

No insects coming off of the water, save a midge or two; I did not seine the stream.

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Chris_3g
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Chris_3g on Apr 16, 2008April 16th, 2008, 1:29 pm EDT
The extent of my experience with wild trout is unfortunately limited (save a trip to Colorado last year), but I have to say that a full day spent catching wild browns brings on a new appreciation for trout. The coloration exhibited by these fish is amazing, and they fight as hard, if not harder, than stocked trout double their size (holdovers included). Anyway, I really just wanted to share a few pictures with you guys. Later!

It worked out that I couldn't attach pictures to the post, because I've been wanting to put together a Flickr page for a while. It's only a start, but here are some of the pictures from the outing I spoke of above. Enjoy.

Wild Browns

Chris.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 9:03 pm EDT
Did you change the upper case
(User tried to post an image here without an source.)
to lower case?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 9:34 pm EDT
I think there's a bug in the photo uploading code. I really don't have time to find it right now.

One thing that should work, which Wbranch hinted at, is that you could upload the images elsewhere (like Imageshack or Flickr) and just use the img forum code tag to insert them here. That's not ideal but it might work for you in until I can find the other bug.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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