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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Softhackle
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Softhackle on Jun 9, 2009June 9th, 2009, 8:55 am EDT
This past weekend is usually our annual trip to Roscoe, NY, however to save us some money, we decided to skip the long trip and fish our home water, The Genesee River. The weekend started for Bill, my son-in-law, and I on Thursday evening. We fished one of our favorite spots, but there were so many insects, the fish kept switching preferences. We did catch fish, but the evening was a constant guessing game.

Friday morning was bright, sunny and cool. I had invited a friend, Ray Tucker, to join us. Ray lives a few hours away, and I thought it would be great for us to share some fishing time. The day clouded over in the afternoom, but there was no rain, and fishing continued to be fairly good through the day.We did get on and off showers in the evening, but continued to fish and took some nice browns before the sun sank behind the hills.

All the fish I took were taken on wingless wets.

It was great seeing Ray, and he supplied me with some of the photos.

Saturday morning was beautiful. Clear and sunny weather brought the water temps up a bit and the trout were very active. All my party, Mark, my son, Bill and my Grandson, Colin all took trout. I took two very nice browns on a cream colored flymph, fished just under the surface. Both fish were good size, with one of about 18". The other about 15".

Saturday evening found us searching for a place to fish. I have never seen so many fly fishermen on our river. (Looks like it's time to open a fly shop, here. It almost reminded me of being in Roscoe.) At any rate, we did find some water, and fishing was very good. The same Cream Flymph took most of my fish that evening, and again as the evening went on bug activity increased. The fish, once more, kept changing their preference, but we managed quite a few browns and feisty rainbows and the evening set in.

We returned home- 4 happy, tired, and contented fly fishermen. We could not have had a better weekend, even in Roscoe.

Check out the photos.
Tight lines, everyone,
Mark



Here's Bill working the water on Thursday evening.



Mark, myself and Colin checking out the water Friday morning.



Me-if my beard gets any whiter, I'll be playing Santa, soon.



Me, taking a fish off. Mark and Colin are downriver.



Me, playing one in.



An interesting stone fly Ray discovered.



Here's Ray, fishing upriver of me.



One of the beauties Ray took.



More of Ray's fish. Great photo Ray.



Here's Ray working a run in the Afternoon.



Mark and Colin in the run.



Where I fished Saturday Morining.



The first of two browns I took.



Second of the pair.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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GONZO on Jun 9, 2009June 9th, 2009, 9:15 am EDT
Nice, Mark. Sounds like a good time was had by all. For what it's worth, I thought that Ray might like to know that the "stonefly" with the white bands on its wings is actually a fishfly (probably Nigronia fasciatus).
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Softhackle on Jun 9, 2009June 9th, 2009, 1:40 pm EDT
Thanks, Lloyd. Ray had posted the photo on the Fly Tying Forum and Taxon identified it as well. I'd never seen that fly before on our water and found it very interesting. It was quite big.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Martinlf on Jun 10, 2009June 10th, 2009, 3:09 pm EDT
Way cool photos, thanks Mark.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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