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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Troutbumks
Kansas

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Troutbumks on Sep 8, 2008September 8th, 2008, 8:51 am EDT
i am new to fly tying and was wondering what type of material to use to tie scuds.
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Sep 10, 2008September 10th, 2008, 8:31 am EDT
Hi Chris,

Welcome to the website and to the rewarding craft of fly-tying.

Fur (or a synthetic substitute or blend) is a fairly standard material for scud imitations. It is usually dubbed and picked out to suggest legs, although it can also be spun. Many patterns incorporate something to represent the translucent carapace (often some sort of plastic tied over the back) and a rib to suggest segmentation.

You can find the tying instructions for my favorite scud pattern by using the website search to locate the "Favorite flies" thread (third post, first page). You can also see a photo of the pattern on HackleHead (click on "Fly Tying Contests" in the Troutnut header).

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