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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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Dwiltshire
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Dwiltshire on Aug 12, 2010August 12th, 2010, 8:43 pm EDT
Hello,

I've been a keen viewer of Troutnut but hadn't realised there was a forum. My name's Dave Wiltshire and I am from Bristol in South West England. I am a bit of small stream fanatic, love tying flies and have an avid interest in photography.

I have a website and a blog; the website being devoted to fly tying at the moment. Please have a look:

http://davewiltshireflytying.blogspot.com/
http://www.riverflybox.co.uk/

Soon ~ Dave
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Shawnny3 on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 12:28 am EDT
Very pretty flies, Dave, a nice blend of classic and modern patterns with a personal touch. They all look like they'd be very effective on trout.

Welcome.

-Shawn
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Martinlf on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 5:48 am EDT
Dave, enjoyed your tutorials, and picked up a number of ideas. One was the use of wire to create a rib on a brassie. I haven't seen that before an thought it was a superb idea. Thanks for sharing your tutorials and other aspects of your craft.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 6:07 am EDT
Very nice. Very elegant. Bookmarked for when I have more time.
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JAD on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 7:11 am EDT
Welcome to the forum Dave , I'm a wet fly guy and I for one appreciate the work on your flies . I like the looks of the hooks on your CDC Dun , the shape of the point and the fact that it is barbless.

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.
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Martinlf on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 9:29 am EDT
Yeah, John, some of those are the Partridge Surehold Lightning Dry hooks (SLD). I used them almost exclusively for my grannom patterns this spring and had excellent luck. The Tiemco 103 is a great looking hook also; I hope to try it in the future. Dave also uses the Varivas wave hook for his nymphs. I have one pack of them to try. Dave, do you like them best for nymph patterns? If so, why?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Ericd on Aug 13, 2010August 13th, 2010, 1:36 pm EDT
Hi Dave,

Very nice flies and photos. I have a long way to go behind my vice.

In 1997, I remember taking a break from driving, I think Fort William was nearby, and walking along a gorgeous small stream there and thinking about the fish that might be in the stream. This was after the first fly rod was handed down to me, but about a decade before I got into using it. I look back on that memory almost every time I'm on the water and want to punch myself in the face for not "knowing" back then. I have not been back. I had a blast over there.

Welcome.
Dwiltshire
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Dwiltshire on Aug 16, 2010August 16th, 2010, 11:21 am EDT
Thanks for the warm welcome folks and the positive feedback.

The SLD is a great hook. My main pattern for tying dries. For nymphs I really do like the Varivas WB but also the Partridge BIN.

Looking forward to joinin in with this forum ;)

~Dave
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Amandak695 on Sep 7, 2010September 7th, 2010, 3:54 pm EDT

Hello !
I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !
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Jmd123 on Sep 7, 2010September 7th, 2010, 5:22 pm EDT
Amadak, why, but of course! After all, we were ALL new members once...

And, of course, your fishing interests are...? I myself am a "troutnut" who is really, truth be known, a "closet smallmouth nut"...see the post entitled "what did you did on Sunday evening?"...

Jonathoin
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Sep 7, 2010September 7th, 2010, 5:23 pm EDT
OOOPs, mispellings...it's late and the vodka is flowing...sorry, Amandak, this is JONATHON.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Softhackle on Sep 8, 2010September 8th, 2010, 2:54 pm EDT
Hi Dave,
Good to have you aboard, here. As you can see, I frequent this interesting forum, too. Lots of good people, here, with a wealth of knowledge. I'm sure you'll fit right in.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Dwiltshire
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Dwiltshire on Sep 12, 2010September 12th, 2010, 10:10 am EDT
Mark - thanks. Nice to hear from you.

It has been a while!

Catch you soon ~D
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Bill_Wtrmn on Sep 14, 2010September 14th, 2010, 7:10 am EDT
I too am a new comer to the troutnut forum! I am really enjoying all of the interesting photos and shared experiences!! Dave your sites are well done and your flies are like works of art! I especially liked your Hi-Vis / Balloon Caddis.

I too have a new site but I am gathering little known secrets and tips that people can have free access too, and have found some invaluable tips on troutnut.com. Thanks Dave for sharing and making another new comer feel comfortable in posting.

Best,
Bill

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Rachely476 on Oct 29, 2010October 29th, 2010, 2:35 pm EDT
Welcome to forum!
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Shawnny3 on Oct 30, 2010October 30th, 2010, 3:12 am EDT
Welcome, Rachely. We are always on the lookout for new spammers.

-Shawn
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Tracyk859 on Nov 10, 2010November 10th, 2010, 1:00 pm EST
Hi, I am Tracy . I am a new member of forum. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guys!!!




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Shawnny3 on Nov 10, 2010November 10th, 2010, 2:35 pm EST
And another...

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Kellyj994 on Nov 10, 2010November 10th, 2010, 3:14 pm EST
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Oldredbarn on Nov 11, 2010November 11th, 2010, 1:28 am EST
This is incredible Shawnny! Is this some sort of mantra they are sold or is this an embedded message from al quaeda?!

Maybe I should tell them I want to rent, "A River Runs Through It"...;)

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