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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their 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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Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 4:08 am EST
I was wondering how many Troutnut posters, and members, live in PA? Seems to be a pretty good number. It would be neat to get together on a good river in May to meet each other, fish, and maybe get together for a meal.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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JAD on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 8:36 am EST
Matt
That sounds like a great time and a few beers afterward with a good meal,sounds even better.

JAD

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.
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CaseyP on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 9:50 am EST
Best Fishing Buddy, 2nd Best Fishing Buddy, and i will bring the cookies...anyone going to Somerset for the Fly Show next weekend?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Wbranch on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 11:16 am EST
"and a few beers afterward with a good meal,sounds even better."

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant on the corner in Alexandria when you are turning right to go to the LJ? I ate lunch and dinner there last May and they have good food, a nice bar, and I think they serve outside weather permitting.

I'll be at the Somerset show! I'm going on Friday as it is the least crowded of the three day event - but only if you can arrive early. I like to be in the lobby by 9:30 so when the doors open at 10:00 I'm in right away and can see the show, and get to the displays, without having to fight the crowds. Usually I'm leaving for home by 2:00 p.m.

If anyone is going Friday PM me and I'll give you my cell phone # and if I hear it we can hook-up? A couple people called me last year and even on vibrate I didn't hear or feel the phone. I guess the ecstasy of the show had obilterated the ability for me to sense audio or tactile messages.

If anyone wants to go with me and share gas money PM me. I live in York. My main reason in going is to meet my best fly buddy from NJ but also to buy some bulk CDC in a couple of colors and get a good grouse skin.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Wbranch on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 11:36 am EST
I wrote -

"Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant on the corner in Alexandria when you are turning right to go to the LJ?"

I just happened to pick the LJ as a "forinstance stream". I'd be glad to hear what other streams members might be more interested in meeting at. However the LJ is the farthest west I'd be willing to travel to meet any fly flinger.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jan 17, 2010January 17th, 2010, 4:05 pm EST
Sounds good to me, Matt. There are a number of Troutnuts who live near the J.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jan 18, 2010January 18th, 2010, 4:57 am EST
I live near "The J", Yellow Creek, Spring Creek, and the Bald Eagle. It would be fun to meet somewhere.
Bruce
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Gutcutter on Jan 18, 2010January 18th, 2010, 5:30 am EST
hey! - count me in if it is a weekend or scheduled a month in advance.
matt - the bar in spruce creek is good also. love the handful of fries as a meal with a couple of cold ones.
i will be on spring crk in march and kettle in april for sure - all are welcome...
tony
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

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Shawnny3 on Jan 19, 2010January 19th, 2010, 7:17 am EST
I would love to join in as long as it's either a weekend or after school's out for summer (post-June 20th or so).

I will be at the show this weekend. I know I'll see Casey (and BFB, I hope), but I've never met Matt or many of the others on here who may attend. I would be very pleased to meet you. I will have a table where I'll be demonstrating some tying - please stop by and say hello.

-Shawn
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JAD on Jan 19, 2010January 19th, 2010, 12:00 pm EST
I'll be their Shawn,If I see ya I'll make it a point to say hello.

Best
JaD

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,
LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Jan 19, 2010January 19th, 2010, 12:43 pm EST
Matt,
I believe the place you are thinking of is the main st.cafe.
(Good wings)

I'm up to meet in may. With 2 little ones it's usually tough, but I'll give it a go.
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Shawnny3 on Jan 19, 2010January 19th, 2010, 1:54 pm EST
It would be nice to finally meet you as well, John. Hope to see you there.

-Shawn
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www.davisflydesigns.com
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Wbranch on Jan 19, 2010January 19th, 2010, 11:46 pm EST
Since I've only fished the LJ a few times I'd like to defer to the regulars who fish there to select a time to get together. I'm assuming it is going to have to be a weekend since most of you all probably are still working. Me on the other hand can go fishing any day of the week. I'll probably plan on arriving on a Thursday or Friday and go home on Sunday. What is the approximate emergence date for the Grannon's?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Wetfly1
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Wetfly1 on Jan 20, 2010January 20th, 2010, 1:28 am EST
Matt,

Sounds like a good time. Count me in. Hopefully I wont have a guide trip booked that day. Looking forward to meeting some of the posters on the site. I think the J would be a good location.

About the Grannon's, well last year they started hatching right around the opening day of trout season. And of course I was'nt there. Was fishing that weekend on Kettel Cr. But my buddy was there and he had a blast.
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Flatstick96 on Jan 20, 2010January 20th, 2010, 4:13 am EST
I WISH I was still part of the "PA contingent". Alas, I'm in purgatory...

My favorite time to fish the J is actually in the dead of summer. It's often a great alternative when everything else is low and clear...
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CaseyP on Jan 20, 2010January 20th, 2010, 5:42 am EST
the grannoms are known for happening around Tax Day, which is also close to the second of the two PA Fishing Opening Days. it can be very busy! on the other hand, the sulphurs happen later in better weather and for longer. like Matt, we can fish any day, so it's best if the rest pick a weekend and we'll be there.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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JOHNW on Jan 20, 2010January 20th, 2010, 8:19 am EST
I'm in on this one. Let me know a little bit in advance so I can arrange time off if needed. I'm open for any river/destination.
The only dates that are troublesome for me are May 20,21 due to a Project Healing Waters outing here in C-Burg.


Matt,
The hall mark I always look for in terms of Grannoms is the Red Buds starting to bud up and bloom. The Little J is roughly two weeks behind the CV streams you are familiar with.
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Bowmandjk on Jan 22, 2010January 22nd, 2010, 1:42 pm EST
sounds like a great time but if its may 14 to the 16th im on oil creek with a group of guys and on the weekend of 21 -23 there is the paff 2010 spring jam at hemlock acres campground in coburn,pa
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Keystoner on Feb 3, 2010February 3rd, 2010, 10:17 am EST
Hey guys, eastern PA checking in. I too would be down to meet up sometime. I'm actually new to fly fishing as I recently defected from the bait fishing crowd. So, it would be nice to have some fishing buddies that DON'T swing corn.

I mostly fish the Lil' Lehigh and Maiden Creek. But I'll go most anywhere. Look forward to it!
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
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Shawnny3 on Feb 3, 2010February 3rd, 2010, 11:01 am EST
Welcome to the forum, Keystoner. And, more significantly, welcome to flyfishing. Flyfishermen are way better than baitfishermen if you can get past the elitist attitude.

-Shawn
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