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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Nov 18, 2008November 18th, 2008, 11:00 am EST
I've had a life long rule of never tying a fly that was sufficiently difficult to complete to the point that I became emotionally invested in it. This has been an easy rule for me to live by because even when I strive for exact imitation, my flies invariably come out as impressionistic...:)

But the plus side is that I have over 40 years of experience in turning out some of the most inadvertently impressionistic flies anywhere...:)

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