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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Troutnut on Aug 1, 2008August 1st, 2008, 11:22 pm EDT
From July 24th to 27th I floated down 50 miles of the Chena River upstream from Fairbanks, Alaska, for my grad school research project. I put some neat pictures up on our project website:


The day my float ended, it started raining and now parts of Fairbanks are about to be declared a disaster area. (One of my friends needs a canoe or waders to get to her cabin.) Some of us went out for work to document the flood in our study area, which is pretty impressive:

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Wiflyfisher on Aug 2, 2008August 2nd, 2008, 3:41 am EDT
Jason, very cool! I love the underwater videos of the feeding young salmon. Thanks for sharing!
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Troutnut on Aug 2, 2008August 2nd, 2008, 6:45 am EDT
Just wait til you see the new videos I'll be putting up. Those were taken last year with a crap camera. Now I have color HD video. :)
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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