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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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

General RegionOzarks
Specific Location Current River
Dates Fished5/22, 5/23
Time of DaySaturday, noon to dark, Sunday,daylight to noon
Fish CaughtA few Rainbows
Conditions & HatchesMuddy water (10-12" visibility), a few BWOs hatching but no fish rising due to the muddy water.

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Motrout
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Motrout on May 24, 2010May 24th, 2010, 9:38 am EDT
Went down to the upper Current River ( won't say exactly where on the river) in southern Missouri this weekend. It has rained a lot here, so I was expected off-color water, but it turned out to be downright muddy, with less than a foot of visability-and in a stream where you can usually see the bottom in ten feet of water. I managed to pound up a few rainbows on egg patterns and streamers, but it was pretty tough. It was still nice to get out anyway-everyone else was scared of by the high water and I was the only one fishing at the particular access I chose. It's a beautiful area down there, and while the catching was slow, the fishing was just fine.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on May 24, 2010May 24th, 2010, 11:07 am EDT
You caught a few, you were fishing, so it was time well spent. The guy that taught me to fly fish always tells me you should fish in all conditions because it only makes you better.
Bruce
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Motrout on May 24, 2010May 24th, 2010, 12:45 pm EDT
True. It's always nice to get out, and it's even kind of interesting to see the water looking a lot different than usual-I've never fished this thing when it wasn't totally clear until this weekend.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/

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