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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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JAD on Mar 28, 2010March 28th, 2010, 5:40 am EDT
I came across this video ,I thought you might enjoy watching . Not quite my cup of tea, to say the least.


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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Shawnny3 on Mar 28, 2010March 28th, 2010, 11:49 am EDT
I would only attempt this walk if there was a REALLY nice brookie stream at the end. Otherwise, it's just not very sane at all.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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CaseyP on Mar 29, 2010March 29th, 2010, 3:09 am EDT
confirms my belief in angels...
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Wbranch on Mar 29, 2010March 29th, 2010, 8:18 am EDT
Looked at it yesterday and shuddered throughout the entire video. I'd need to know there was a spring creek full of 22" and bigger wild browns and rainbows, with predictable infrequens lasting for hours everyday, before I'd even consider that trek.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Mar 29, 2010March 29th, 2010, 11:12 am EDT
was that for real? wow!
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Martinlf on Mar 30, 2010March 30th, 2010, 4:27 am EDT
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Mpls, MN

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Ericd on Mar 30, 2010March 30th, 2010, 8:37 am EDT
That makes a fear of heights very rational.
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Flatstick96 on Mar 30, 2010March 30th, 2010, 9:15 am EDT
That was pretty sweet.

Reminds me of a particular section of the Nualolo Cliff Trail on Kaua'i. When we hiked it we didn't stop to take pictures, but here's one from someone who did (where the guy is looking is at least a thousand foot drop):


Thankfully, the dangerous part of the trail is only about 1/4 mile long, and the really sketchy part (where the above picture was taken) is only a few hundred feet long. Still though, traversing those few hundred feet does make your sphincter pucker up just a bit...
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Motrout on Apr 1, 2010April 1st, 2010, 12:26 am EDT
Okay, I've never been on anything nearly that rough.

But that does kind of remind me of the hike to a certain section of a canyon stream in Montana. As I said, it was never quite that frightening, but there were quite a few places you could see how a miss-step could be very bad news.

It least in this case it was worth it though, because the creek was full of cutthroat trout 14" and up:)
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Michael123 on Apr 21, 2010April 21st, 2010, 1:01 am EDT
Hi motrout, i am agree with you, i think it was never quite that frightening, but there were quite a few places you could see how a miss-step could be very bad news. thanks for sharing
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