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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Bowmandjk on Dec 26, 2008December 26th, 2008, 1:26 am EST
well this year i retired and thought id never tire of steelhead fishing but after fishing 3 and 4 days a week the weather has got to me. I am looking forward to those beautiful warm spring days,searching for native brookies. I fish for steelheads in my back yard and drive for brookies go figure. HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Dec 28, 2008December 28th, 2008, 6:24 am EST
Go where your heart leads you! Those rare and beautiful brook trout are worth the search!

Happy trout hunting!
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Helena Montana

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Aaron7_8 on Dec 28, 2008December 28th, 2008, 11:30 am EST
Be happy that your water is still fishable we had a week straight of temps all day at -5 F even the fastest waters are frozen here, although I haven't checked the two tailwaters that are close by. Hopefully we get a "Chinook" and the rivers open up again so I can get out and try my new rod. Tight lines to all.

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