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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.

Dorsal view of a Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionHuntington County
Specific LocationSeveral well known trout streams
Dates FishedSeveral days last week
Time of Dayvarious
Fish Caughtlots of trout 10" - 18"
Conditions & HatchesDon't care about hatches - I catch fish on live nymphs, especially those white worms in those little stick houses, shiners, and some artificial nymphs

Details and Discussion

Huntington, PA

Posts: 16
Cdcaddis18 on Jul 4, 2009July 4th, 2009, 11:58 pm EDT
Had a great week pinning, caught many trout every day. Am glad I moved to this area of PA! Lots of trout are eager to eat my baits. Limited out every day and have a couple dozen 12" - 18" browns in my freezer.
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Shawnny3 on Jul 5, 2009July 5th, 2009, 2:14 pm EDT
Glad for your success, Cdcaddis18, and welcome to the forum. Also, welcome to the area - I am also a transplant here from upstate NY. I would only suggest that you fill your freezer with smaller fish and leave the bigger ones to fight (and spawn) another day. A little digital camera would nicely preserve the memory of the larger ones without cluttering up your freezer. If the streams you fished are indeed well known, then the fish you caught had probably been caught and released many times by other anglers for the future enjoyment of others, in this case you. Try to be mindful that most streams here in Central PA are pretty heavily pressured, and that your fishing would likely not have been nearly as successful on this outing if every angler before you had limited out on big fish.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jul 12, 2009July 12th, 2009, 2:30 pm EDT
Pinning is a very deadly method to present natural bait or nymphs to trout. Skillful pinners can easily decimate fertile trout streams.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3047
Martinlf on Jul 12, 2009July 12th, 2009, 3:07 pm EDT
Westbranch, I hope you and Shawn can prevail on this guy to release his fish before they are all gone!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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