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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.

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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West on Mar 26, 2009March 26th, 2009, 9:09 am EDT
These images are from Wisconsin's Namekagon river. It was a wonderful start to the season. It's also basically all that I did over my spring from college. When I wasn't on the river, I was preparing for the next trip. Stoneflies were plentiful on the surface a couple of days (in size 12 and 14) we managed to rise a few on dries. The other action came on small nymphs.

One can learn a lot this time of year, given some decent weather. And for me, all it takes is a 40 degree day and one trout to relapse into the frenzy of a new season.
West

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West on Mar 26, 2009March 26th, 2009, 9:15 am EDT
Sorry, it appears the file size of the pictures is a few megabytes too large...my bad
West

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