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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive 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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Trtklr on Sep 11, 2009September 11th, 2009, 4:39 am EDT
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
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Troutnut on Sep 11, 2009September 11th, 2009, 5:09 am EDT
Wow!
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Shawnny3 on Sep 11, 2009September 11th, 2009, 11:51 am EDT
That fish could probably eat the biggest brown I've ever caught.

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Troutnut on Sep 13, 2009September 13th, 2009, 4:28 am EDT
Geez, there's a world record rainbow this week too!

http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4466614

It's a very impressive fish, but I'm not sure this one (or the previous record from the same lake) should really count. Both are part of a generation of "triploid" fish farm escapees, which are genetically modified to put all their energy into growth and never spawn. It seems those fish should have their own category.
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JOHNW on Sep 14, 2009September 14th, 2009, 12:23 pm EDT
Maybe we should just buy it on e-bay and then brand it with an asterisk a la Mark Ecko with Barry Bond's recors ball. ;)
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UPTroutBum on Sep 14, 2009September 14th, 2009, 5:22 pm EDT
That's great for the tourism in Manistee. Small town a few hours from me, good for Michigan's $hitty economy, possibly bad for the local anglers.

Also check out, our local guide in the Upper Peninsula entertained Bob Clouser.. http://riversnorth.net/fishingreport/
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all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas." John Voelker
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Jmd123 on Sep 14, 2009September 14th, 2009, 5:54 pm EDT
"a real testament of the world class fishery Michigan provides."

What can I say, Michigan is my home state...

Jonathon
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Trtklr on Sep 15, 2009September 15th, 2009, 4:25 am EDT
we know the rainbow was a triploid and that is what matters. wether it gets reported on much or not. a tree falling in the forest may not be heard but there is still the evidence.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
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Jmd123 on Sep 15, 2009September 15th, 2009, 8:54 am EDT
I have actually heard that the very largest Chinook salmon ever caught were naturally occuring triploids, and I wouldn't doubt this might be true for other species as well. It happens, not just in hatcheries. Perhaps we should be taking DNA samples from future outsized fish (SMALL samples so these giants can be released to grow even bigger) of any salmonid species? I for one would be curious to find out...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Oldredbarn on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 5:08 am EDT
Hey fellas...The thing that went unreported in regards to this story is that I had hooked this same fish the day before on a Trico spinner, but my 7X tippet didn't hold...Don't ya believe me?

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