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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.

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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Al514
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Central New York

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Al514 on May 20, 2008May 20th, 2008, 7:56 am EDT


I caught this brown trout today during a caddis hatch, and took a look inside of its mouth to see if I could see any of the bugs it was taking. When I looked inside its mouth, I saw these hook-like things on its tongue. This was a wild fish - I dont know if that has anything to do with it. Maybe its something I just haven't noticed before? Does anyone else see any of these on a trouts tongue?
Al514
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Central New York

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Al514 on May 23, 2008May 23rd, 2008, 3:19 pm EDT
No pictures this time - but, I caught some rainbows tonight and they ALL had these barbs on their tongue. I guess its just normal and I just didn't see them before.
Vermonter
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Vermonter on May 25, 2008May 25th, 2008, 3:40 pm EDT
Brown Trout Fly Fishing A Practical Guide by Chris Francis- Vomerine teeth...
Not sure about location in mouth vs tongue..
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on May 30, 2008May 30th, 2008, 3:49 am EDT
caught the first of the season (15 inch stocked brown) on Wednesday and took the time to really look in the mouth: yep, 4 little teeth on the tongue. no wonder getting the hook out can be a scratchy business!

dropped the first trout i ever caught on my own right on the bank because i was so startled to feel the teeth. they don't tell you about them in beginner classes and books.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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