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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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Troutnut on Jul 27, 2006July 27th, 2006, 3:24 pm EDT
I fish small streams quite a bit, and I almost always do poorly in the last half-hour before dark. This seems strange since that's usually the best time of day on the larger rivers I fish.

I wonder if there's something to it, and the fish become inactive earlier, or if it's just that they're harder to fish effectively without being able to see what you're doing. My guess would be the latter.

Has anyone else noticed this?
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Wiflyfisher on Jul 28, 2006July 28th, 2006, 9:03 am EDT
Jason, I think you have to also consider the surrounding habitat and how that might effect the fishing situation. As example, a smaller stream in the East and Midwest (ie: Long Branch, Big Brook, etc...) has much more overhead cover (trees shading the water), less sunlight and lower water temps than most larger (wider) rivers. This could definitely effect the hatch / feeding cycle.

John

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