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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Pretty waterfall.
Little native creek.
Trico's coming off strong!
Tight casts for the hard to reach brookies.
God's beautiful artwork!
Nice native brookie.
Johan and Jesse, life partners, look out fly fishing world!
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Jesse on Aug 14, 2010August 14th, 2010, 5:43 am EDT
I just thought since the photography catagory was slacking a little bit, id share with everyone a couple of pictures from a recent summer trip. Hope everyone enjoys them!
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Shawnny3 on Aug 19, 2010August 19th, 2010, 1:54 pm EDT
Great photos, Jesse. They really make you feel like you're there. Thanks for sharing.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Martinlf on Aug 19, 2010August 19th, 2010, 4:42 pm EDT
Great shots. Thanks!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oldredbarn on Aug 20, 2010August 20th, 2010, 5:30 am EDT

That last photo has Trout Bums written all over it! :)

It's nice for this old sod to see some youth attracted to our fair sport. From reading your posts over the last year or so we all can see you are a good addition to the "club".

I'm trying to work on a young nephew and see if I can't get him interested. I tried with another back in the late 90's but he didn't seem much interested. The spell didn't take...


"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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Flatstick96 on Aug 20, 2010August 20th, 2010, 8:58 am EDT
Are those Vibram FiveFingers that I see in the last pic? If so, how do you guys like them?
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Lastchance on Aug 20, 2010August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am EDT
Really nice photos. Thanks
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Jesse on Aug 20, 2010August 20th, 2010, 4:26 pm EDT
Hey thanks for all the positive comments guys and yes sir they sure are vibram 5fings. Absolutely love them for summer wet wading, especially in smaller streams. I have the neoprene ones too so it keeps the feet a little warmer than normal. Oh and Spence, someone has to keep the 'club' going down the line for our future generations haha.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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JohanB on Aug 21, 2010August 21st, 2010, 5:20 am EDT
Hey everyone!

I'm a new addition to the web site I hope to provide you guys with quality post and pictures. Jesse and I had a lot of fun during this trip, and hope to make many more in the near future. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures!
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PaulRoberts on Aug 21, 2010August 21st, 2010, 12:52 pm EDT
Great pics! Takes me there with you. Fun!

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