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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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Lateral view of a Mystacides sepulchralis (Leptoceridae) (Black Dancer) Caddisfly Adult from the Neversink River in New York
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PaulRoberts on Aug 23, 2010August 23rd, 2010, 4:33 am EDT
Wow, I don't remember them being so small! I believe I tied mine on a #18. They have long wings and look bigger on the wing I believe. On E Branch Owego they were in fishable numbers.

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