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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Canuck on May 5, 2010May 5th, 2010, 3:10 pm EDT
Just wanted to introduce myself,I enjoy fishing for large brown trout and the peace my local rivers afford me.Live in the Toronto area.
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Taxon on May 5, 2010May 5th, 2010, 4:21 pm EDT
Welcome aboard, Canuck. You should find many like-minded folks here, and some of us even enjoy speculating about the identity of aquatic insects.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Jmd123 on May 5, 2010May 5th, 2010, 5:58 pm EDT
Senior Canuck, I dated a woman in the Toronto area (Pickering) many years ago. There's some smallmouth in those Toronto area streams along with some nice salmon runs in the fall. I don't remember the name of the stream but we had a favorite and I pulled a couple of nice smallies out of there in early summer, then went back in early fall and found chinook rolling in some of the same holes...


No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Canuck on May 8, 2010May 8th, 2010, 3:29 am EDT
Lots of migratory chinooks around in the fall...we get a good run of wild steelhead in the fall that are fantastic to catch.Thanks for the welcome

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