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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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Littleton, Colorado

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Sundula on Sep 14, 2006September 14th, 2006, 4:51 pm EDT
-Jason I was wandering what lense you you use with your EOS 20D for those exteme close ups. I shoot with a Rebel XT with a 100mm f/2.8 macro, I was just wondering, if I was to guess I would guess the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro.
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Sep 14, 2006September 14th, 2006, 5:19 pm EDT
I use both the lenses you listed, to give me continuous zoom from 5X out to infinity. It's the perfect combo. I also use the MT-24EX macro flash with polarizing film over the flash heads and a polarizing filter on the lens to get rid of the glare from the flash. And of course a tripod is necessary.

I've got an article in the works about my equipment setup, but it's been delayed a while since I have several more urgent things to work on.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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