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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.

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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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Aug 23, 2010August 23rd, 2010, 2:26 am EDT
I was fishing the Delaware for trout last Thursday and had a vicious take on a streamer. Thought I had a great trout and the fight lasted a long time before I was able to get the fish near the Hyde in deep water. Initially I thought it was a big walleye looking down at the width of the shoulders, but when it turned on it's side I was excited to see it was a good sized striper. I was by myself so had to resort to laying the fish in the bottom of the boat and taking the picture with my cell phone camera.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Oldredbarn on Aug 23, 2010August 23rd, 2010, 6:17 am EDT

That must of been a treat!

There is an impoundment we ice fish sometimes near here and it has a smorgas-board of fish...pike, large-mouth, crappie, perch, bluegill etc...You never know what may snatch your offering and it makes it a bit more exciting.

I have tried to look it up and was unable to find it, but a friend of mines chiropractor, was trowling in the Detroit river a few years back for Walleye and actually hooked a monster sturgeon that was almost as big as the boat he was in...It was in the local papers here and I guess it was quite a battle.

I don't know that river, but is it dam free up to where you were fishing? Where did this guy come from do you think?


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Gutcutter on Aug 25, 2010August 25th, 2010, 2:29 pm EDT
what an awesome fish to catch on trout tackle. i chase them from my float tube on a local impoundment and even on my light saltwater gear find that an 8 pounder pulls me around a good bit!
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Windknot79 on Aug 25, 2010August 25th, 2010, 3:08 pm EDT
A buddy of mine gets them in the spring time up near Milford PA on the river.Interesting to see them there this time of year they should be in the salt.I have caught bass up to 24lbs in the salt on my 8wt lots of fun.
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Shawnny3 on Aug 25, 2010August 25th, 2010, 4:47 pm EDT
Very impressive fish, Matt. Congratulations!

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JOHNW on Aug 27, 2010August 27th, 2010, 3:15 pm EDT
Great fish and I'm glad to hear the river is in good shape for trout fishing as well.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Sep 3, 2010September 3rd, 2010, 9:19 am EDT
I know not many forum members fish the Delaware system very much but there are actually quite good numbers of stripers in the main stem pretty much throughout the fishing season. I have had numerous instances where I have been playing trout as large as 17" and had stripers come in and either follow the trout closely or actually attack it and swim off with it while I'm still hooked up with the trout. I have seen some huge stripers in the 20# class while floating in the lower river from Long Eddy downstream.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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