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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Gutcutter on Dec 29, 2009December 29th, 2009, 1:46 am EST
anybody have some new (or forgotten) patterns for spring. i'm talkin' specific hatches. like early bwo, bluequill/paralepts, hendrickson (light and dark), sulphurs, tricos and midges.
kinda bored spinning up the same stuff...
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Oldredbarn on Dec 29, 2009December 29th, 2009, 3:34 am EST
For something "new", if there is such a thing under the sun, try...
www.charliesflyboxinc.com for Charlie Craven's wonderful site. In the gray area to the right click on "Flybox" and you can even follow along in High Def his tutorials...If you are looking for some new tying tricks Charlie has them...He may have no equal as a production tier.

Or...www.dancia.com Herr Hans Weilenmann's site. It's a collection of patterns etc from tiers from all over the world even our own Mark Libertone AKA Softhackle can be found there. This site has the new and the old and even the odd...Some of the tiers are folks you may have heard of and some of the not-so-famous.

This should keep you busy for a few days mister!

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Mfb1978 on Mar 21, 2010March 21st, 2010, 2:06 am EDT
Great websites. Thanks for the info. I was looking for a place to find patterns and these websites have some great ones. Thanks again.

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