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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.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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FredH
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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Jan 2, 2011January 2nd, 2011, 10:31 am EST
Damselfly nymph
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 3, 2011January 3rd, 2011, 4:06 am EST
Very well tied, you have a lot of patience!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
FredH
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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Jan 3, 2011January 3rd, 2011, 10:50 am EST
Thanks Wbranch . Now if I could just find a way to make get jiggy like the live one does , then we'd have something.
Fred
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Gutcutter on Jan 4, 2011January 4th, 2011, 4:34 am EST
beautiful
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Jmd123 on Jan 4, 2011January 4th, 2011, 5:26 am EST
Pretty darned realistic if you ask me. You should put that one in a vial of alcohol and see how many entomologists you can fool!!

;oD

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
FredH
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FredH on Jan 4, 2011January 4th, 2011, 7:57 am EST
Thanks Guys . Jonathan if it just fools a fish or two , it will be good enough for me.
Fred
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Jmd123 on Jan 5, 2011January 5th, 2011, 2:35 pm EST
I did a nice olive damselfly nymph once (yeah, only one - I need to recreate it in multiples some day) on a streamer hook with a few strands of olive marabou for the tail/gills, olive floss body with thin silver wire for segmentation, olive hackle tied flat/splayed for legs, and burnt black mono eyes. It looked pretty good and I even think I caught a few fish on it (though I think they were warmwater species, but hey, they're found everywhere). Yours should be pretty deadly, especially with those realistic legs...go get 'em!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
FredH
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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Jan 6, 2011January 6th, 2011, 11:34 am EST
Thanks Jonathon I'd like to see yours when you get some more tied.
Fred

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