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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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Report at a Glance

General RegionDeckers
Specific LocationJust below the Wig - Wam Club
Dates Fished9/14/06
Time of Day4:30p - 6:30p
Fish Caught13" Rainbow
Conditions & HatchesThe flow below Cheesman was at 305cfs, and clarity was decent. Midges were coming off and the caddis were doing their normal riffle dance. The midges were tiny I saw some that had to be in the #28 range, the caddis were in the #18 - #20 range.

Details and Discussion

Littleton, Colorado

Posts: 35
Sundula on Sep 14, 2006September 14th, 2006, 4:17 pm EDT
I started with a #18 Pheasent tail and #22 Mecury RS2, nothing. I moved on to a brown Elk hair caddis size #16 (smallest I had) and danced it in the riffles, nothing. Same fly but with a dead drift, finally some action! Several refusals I watched two follow it for awhile until the drag set in. That's when I noticed the midges starring to show up, so I tied on a #24 griffith's gnat below my caddis made a cast at one of the one's who refused the caddis, because he was in a good feeding rhythm. On the second cast he shot up and took the gnat. He fought well and I landed him, it was only 13" but it had beutiful color. I probably should have fished a Black Beauty earlier instead of the RS2 and the pheasent tail, but that is my favorite prospecting rig. I seined for about 15 min and only caught empty caddis larva shucks, moss, gravel and one small green midge larva. So really not much was going on, at least were I was. I don't feel to bad though because that strech above Horse Creek has been pounded since the flood on 7/7, so I was pretty happy to land the one. I will be going out on 9/16 I'm not sure where yet, but there will be another report from Sundula coming soon (and hopefully a nice big fish pic :)) I'm thinking Eleven Mile.

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