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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.

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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GONZO on Apr 8, 2009April 8th, 2009, 11:38 am EDT
Louis, I'm glad you exercised restraint. I admire your talent for crafting a fine haiku, but I wouldn't want you to run the risk of banishment.

Shawn, far be it from me to impede research in service of your "unlikely hypothesis." I know a good excuse when I hear one.
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Falsifly on Apr 8, 2009April 8th, 2009, 11:46 am EDT
I'm guessing that it's impossible for trout to break down to the monosaccharide level and hence has little to no nutritional value to them.

Thank you Shawn,
I read your post right before I was going to post mine. Had I posted, I wouldn’t have been able to hit the delete button fast enough. My suggestion of the exuvium containing nutritional value wouldn’t have gone far.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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