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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Vermonter
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Vermonter on May 14, 2008May 14th, 2008, 12:57 pm EDT
I know this topic has been kicked around some..I have had good luck using this product on browns at night. Strange thing is it seems to work on bats too!
SlateDrake9
Potter County, PA

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SlateDrake9 on May 14, 2008May 14th, 2008, 1:44 pm EDT
I tried it on the backs of spinners when it first came out. Thought it would be great for the late evening/early night spinner falls, but it was useless. When I used enough flashlight to charge it up, I didn't have any night vision left to see in the dark to pick out a tiny glow on the water surface.

I also tried it on some indicators for steelhead fishing with the same poor results.
Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake
JOHNW
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on May 14, 2008May 14th, 2008, 2:38 pm EDT
Slate drake,
Try using one of the pocket UV lights to charge you phosphorescents. Charges as quickly or quicker than white light and wont burn out the night vision.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
Shawnny3
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on May 14, 2008May 14th, 2008, 2:54 pm EDT
Try using one of the pocket UV lights to charge you phosphorescents. Charges as quickly or quicker than white light and wont burn out the night vision.


But it does blind you to that elusive UV light.

-Shawn
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Vermonter
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Vermonter on May 15, 2008May 15th, 2008, 1:23 am EDT
The main advantage for me is when it is black, with no moon light at all and trout rising it helps me focus. My wife has tried it and sees no difference, of course she usually out fishies me. And at night of course in many cases you can canoe close and a long cast is not needed and seems to be a disadvantage. The game changes so much a night!

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