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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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Oldredbarn on Jul 23, 2010July 23rd, 2010, 3:02 am EDT
This one's for Jon (Jmd123) and all those guys who voted the Woolly Bugger their #1 fly. This shop is in Charlevoix Michigan and it's a coffee shop/internet cafe and scrolled on the interior walls are fly fishing quotes from Hemingway, Zane Gray, etc...

We have an advertising campaign up here promoting tourism and it's catch phrase is "That's Pure Michigan"...Need I say more boys?

And you thought I forgot about you Trout Nuts while I was away!

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Jmd123 on Jul 23, 2010July 23rd, 2010, 8:01 am EDT
I'll have to find my way there sooner or later...and when I do, I'll be sure to have a bunch of Woolly Buggers stuck in my fishing hat!!

Jonathon

P.S. "That's pure Michigan..."
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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