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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Martinlf on Jul 23, 2008July 23rd, 2008, 5:43 pm EDT
I burned out a pair of wings from some very fine polypro mesh today and tied up a thorax emerger I've done well on in the past. The recipe calls for cut or burned feather wings, but the ones I've used previously don't hold their shape very well. Has anyone else worked with polypro mesh? The wings came out looking pretty good; I just hope they prove to be as attractive to the fish and a bit more durable than the feather wings. I've also tried web wing, which produced a good looking wing, but haven't fished it yet either.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Mcjames on Jul 24, 2008July 24th, 2008, 5:02 am EDT
what is the source material for polypro mesh? do you buy it or is it a salvage material? There are so many interesting synthetic materials around these days, I can barely walk buy the dumpsters in midtown manhattan without pawing through them
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Martinlf on Jul 24, 2008July 24th, 2008, 10:18 am EDT
I found it online at Small Parts:

http://www.smallparts.com/s?searchNodeID=16310161%7C468240&searchKeywords=polypropylene+mesh&x=8&y=12&Action=submit
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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