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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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Irishangler
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Irishangler on Jun 27, 2008June 27th, 2008, 4:38 pm EDT
I was curious to hear your opinions about over- or under-lining to change the casting characteristics of a fly rod. A friend of mine most frequently uses a 6-wt medium fast rod and started spooling 5-wt line, especially when throwing streamers, to get a little more pop on longer casts. He swears this makes it easier to accomplish this task. How sound is his reasoning?

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GONZO on Jun 27, 2008June 27th, 2008, 5:19 pm EDT
There's nothing wrong with using line weight to fine tune a rod to suit your taste. If your friend likes the way it works, that's all that really matters. Generally, under-lining a rod speeds up the action and over-lining slows it down. Some people over-line fast rods to make them work easier at short distance, and others under-line slower rods to let them carry more line without bogging down. If your friend is throwing heavy streamers, I'd say his reasoning is reasonable.
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Martinlf on Dec 12, 2014December 12th, 2014, 11:12 am EST
Bumped up for Halperin.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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