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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Benjlan on Jan 13, 2011January 13th, 2011, 10:45 am EST
Hey ya'll,

Anyone here fish with glass?

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Shanti on Jan 13, 2011January 13th, 2011, 10:41 pm EST
A friend gave me one some time ago.
It's a old Fibatube, it has no info on the blank but it casts a #5-line good, perhaps even better with a #6.
I'm not sure if it's 8' or 8,6.

I'll put a new handle on it and use it for my small streams with seatrouts in them.
Somewhere, right now, a fish is rising.
And you´re at the computer..
Mpls, MN

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Ericd on Jan 14, 2011January 14th, 2011, 9:13 am EST
I was just out fishing with a new friend who was talking about building a "tadpole." It was the first I've heard of it and I'm having a hard time finding specific instructions on them. He was saying that fiberglass, to some, is a happy medium between graphite and bamboo. I'd guess the medium is regarding the cost and action of the rod. I have an eye open for a good fiberglass rod to try.

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Benjlan on Jan 14, 2011January 14th, 2011, 2:46 pm EST
Hey guys,

I have several old Heddons and Mcgills, I like them but I also have a 7ft 3wt lamiglas that I love. It's a real joy to cast on small streams.

I've always heard that the old fiberglass Fenwicks were really nice casting. I've been thinking about finding one. Does anyone here have any expertise on these rods?

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Pharmtom on Jan 18, 2011January 18th, 2011, 10:30 am EST
I have a glasstech 6 foot 3 weight that is a lot of fun on small streams when there is no wind. Every fish seems like a lunker!
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Jan 19, 2011January 19th, 2011, 3:08 am EST
i have a 7.5 ft 6 wt Orvis Fullflex that I put 5 wt line on, and even 4 wt at times. Someone told me its the last fiberglass model Orvis ever made. It was given to me in the early 90s, I am guessing it was made late 80s. I keep it fully rigged in my car all season just in case I pass by some water... its pretty good for dries but a pain when using large weighted nymphs.
I am haunted by waters

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Tom on May 30, 2011May 30th, 2011, 6:29 am EDT
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Jmd123 on May 30, 2011May 30th, 2011, 9:46 am EDT
Tom is right, fiberglass is considerably more sturdy than graphite. I don't ever remember breaking any fiberglass spinning rods or my first (fiberglass) fly rod, under any circumstances, no matter how hard I torqued on them. On the other hand, I think I've broken just about every graphite fly rod I've ever owned at least once! Good thing almost everyone (including Cabelas) has a return and replace policy these days...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Sayfu on Aug 22, 2011August 22nd, 2011, 5:09 am EDT

My thoughts on fiberglass are...not much better in the shorter lengths for small fly fishing on lt. tippets. The best of fiberglass is "S" glass. More responsive, less vibrations in the blank once the tip stops, light in the short lengths, and they can be dressed to look very attractive. I'd like on with just the wrings for a reel seat. a 7 fter is ideal.
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Roguerat on Aug 24, 2011August 24th, 2011, 12:05 pm EDT
IF everything goes as planned (when does that ever happen!?) I plan on wrapping a 7' 3-wt Lamiglas blank this winter,for small-stream fishing here in Michigan. I just read ANOTHER article in American Angler on the virtues of 'glas' and how supple, forgiving, easy to cast, etc, it can be vs. graphite- especially in the shorter lengths and for reasonable casting distances.
I used a friend's somewhat antique 'glas rod this summer, it had been his dad's and was a family heirloom but still very usable. Smooooooth, a lot slower and 'heavier' feeling than my St Croix Avid collection (which took getting used to),it sold me on adding a 'glas rod to my arsenal.
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Sayfu on Aug 25, 2011August 25th, 2011, 5:23 am EDT

My negative thoughts on glass, are the 8-9fters that a student would bring to our fly fishing schools that they wanted to learn on telling us this was Granddads rod that was passed on to them. Ouch! They were terrible to learn on...heavy, and way too flexy with lots of vibrations put into the line when cast. I had about 5-6 of them in 8-8.5' lengths that I put in a barrel and sold for 50 cents each at a garage sale. The shorter, S Glass blanks are superb. Cabelas as a 50 yr. Anniversary S glass rod in 7 and 7.5' lengths with the shorter one having only rings for a reel seat. This may have encouraged me to get one. I think the line wt. is a #5 Cost, $100
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Jesse on Aug 25, 2011August 25th, 2011, 8:57 am EDT
I have before but don't have one for myself. I wish i had a nice fiberglass rod though they're fun!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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