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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Teddyp
North Carolina

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Teddyp on Mar 20, 2009March 20th, 2009, 7:14 am EDT
Anyone in the Carolina's been to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park lately? I'm going in the morning and just wondering if any readers/posters are in my neck of the woods and can tell me if they've been up there lately.

Thanks!
Ted
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Martinlf on Mar 20, 2009March 20th, 2009, 8:31 am EDT
It's been years for me, but I'd love to hear a fishin' report after you get back.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on Mar 20, 2009March 20th, 2009, 11:41 am EDT
Todd-

I'd suggest you email James Marsh. He is (or was) a member of this forum. He has a website titled Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and its home page has a link for contacting him.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
Teddyp
North Carolina

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Teddyp on Mar 20, 2009March 20th, 2009, 2:20 pm EDT
Thanks for the input, and website. Haven't seen that one yet. Hopefully I'll have a report up and with any luck, some trout.

Thanks y'all!


Ted
Teddyp
North Carolina

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Teddyp on Mar 24, 2009March 24th, 2009, 4:42 am EDT
I wish I had a better report, but I got skunked at the park. The morning was about 25 degrees, cooler than it had been the rest of the week. It turned into a great day with lots of sun. The water was running fast and clear, and there were a lot of bugs on top, just no fish taking them.

I missed a nice fish on a flymph. He wouldn't move again. I then missed another on a size 24 midge dropper.

All and all a great day, and I'm just starting the season a little early with high expectations. I'll be back in warmer weather, that's for sure!

Ted
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 25, 2009March 25th, 2009, 11:56 am EDT
Hi Ted,

Cold days are tough. I got skunked my first day out this season with lots of snow and temps in the low to mid 20's. But just being out, wetting a line, and seeing that flash of a fish is magic. Warmer days and more hookups are ahead for sure for all of us. Thanks for the report. And Taxon, thanks for the website!!

--Louis

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Mar 26, 2009March 26th, 2009, 2:19 am EDT
Mr. Marsh's web site is a winner. The best I've seen on the park from a fishing perspective.

Thanks, Roger..

I lived in Charlotte for a few years in the 80's and was over fishing virtually every weekend. Not so much in the Park as in the Pisgah and Nantahala NF's. I really love it down there. From a scenery and can't-wait-to-see what's-around-the-next-bend small water fishing perspective, it's my favorite place anywhere.

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