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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.

Dorsal view of a Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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 May 3, 2009May 3rd, 2009, 10:18 am EDT
I don't know how I missed hearing about a Dave Barry article on fly fishing back when he wrote it in 2004. I used to read his hilarious column weekly. Anyway, this gem was new to me:

Dave Barry: Fear of fly-casting
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Taxon on May 3, 2009May 3rd, 2009, 10:28 am EDT
Jason-

That was truly classic. Thanks for sharing.
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BRomer on May 3, 2009May 3rd, 2009, 11:15 am EDT
I'd whisper a hint that since 2004, that ticket has went unpaid! Good stuff!

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Shawnny3 on May 3, 2009May 3rd, 2009, 1:32 pm EDT
Actually, Jason, you didn't miss it, but you did miss not missing it. You already posted this article a few years ago: http://www.troutnut.com/topic/321

But it's still funny the second time. If you wait long enough before rereading a Barry column, he blindsides you again - good stuff.

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Troutnut on May 3, 2009May 3rd, 2009, 8:53 pm EDT
Wow! I can't believe how thoroughly I had forgotten about it. It seemed completely unfamiliar to me.

You're right, though... his old articles become very fresh and funny again after a few years.
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Flatstick96 on May 4, 2009May 4th, 2009, 5:28 am EDT
I missed that column when it first came out, but I saw it last week on another board (can't remember which - paflyfish maybe?).

When we were in college Shawn and I went and saw/heard Dave Barry speak - not sure if you would call it a lecture, or stand-up, or what...but it sure was entertaining.
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Troutnut on May 4, 2009May 4th, 2009, 6:19 am EDT
When we were in college Shawn and I went and saw/heard Dave Barry speak - not sure if you would call it a lecture, or stand-up, or what...but it sure was entertaining.


Ah, you went to Cornell too?

I also saw him do his lecture/stand-up there, too, but several years later. It was still really good.
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Flatstick96 on May 4, 2009May 4th, 2009, 8:27 am EDT
I did; I was a year (or 2...I can't remember?) ahead of Shawn.

As you probably know, Shawn and I grew up in Ithaca. The local paper there ran Dave Barry's Miami Herald column every Wednesday, and Shawn and I became big fans of Dave's work; when he happened to come to Cornell at a time when we were both there, it was a no-brainer.

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