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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Sekoutdoors
NE Montana

Posts: 12
Sekoutdoors on Aug 14, 2009August 14th, 2009, 5:13 pm EDT
As a new fly angler I have so much to report! Great fishing, the trout and everything else, just about everything is hot it seems right now. President and weather screwed me today, but such as life! Got a new fly rod and put away the buggy whip combo I bought to start with and picked up some neat stuff watching others. I had over thirty strikes today, but still need to learn about hook sets, as I was thinking bass and jerked it away from them! I will post some pics of the area's when I get home. Going to hit West Yellowstone area Saturday so will let you know how that goes when I can. Again, any advice for a new guy is more than welcome!
Joe

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