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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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

Dates FishedSunday Nov 01 - Wednesday Nov 04
Time of Day7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fish CaughtSteelhead some chrome bright and others colored up
Conditions & HatchesTemperatures high 30's in early morning to mid to high 40's in the afternoon. Mixed clouds and some sun and blue skies, passing showers.

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Wbranch's profile picture
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2635
Wbranch on Nov 5, 2009November 5th, 2009, 8:36 am EST
Three of us hooked over a 100 steelhead with about a 50% landing percentage. Lots of very hot fish and break-offs due to light 5# - 7# tippets used.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
JAD's profile picture
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
JAD on Nov 6, 2009November 6th, 2009, 11:35 am EST
Here's another one.


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,

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