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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Jtberez
Indiana, PA

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Jtberez on Apr 9, 2011April 9th, 2011, 11:43 pm EDT
It's been nearly 2 years since I joined this site and lost touch w. "life". Figured I'd toss in a punch of pics from the past two years from numerous outings in Pa, throw domwn a big hello, and of course a big ups to Jason's enthusiasm in entomology which has numerous times assisted in the honing of my aquatic insect identification. I've been to this site more times than I can count, just haven't posted in the forum much. Good vibes this morning, hope they transit your way.

enough talk.. enjoy, and btw, it's the 10th of April, which means today, written wise on some charts, is the beginning of little olive caddis, though I have seen them popping up for a few weeks now. I'm eagerly awaiting grannoms. I'll be on the water by 9, wishing you all a great season!!

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some big wild brooks this past year; one of them:























my best friend who fishes local with me is now guiding the summer seasons in Alaska, after I get my ba in a few short weeks, I'll soon be following, but not quite so north:













big wild brook throwing up dace, you can see it coming out in the first pic:

















have to end w. a good one, my biggest wild bow to date. Check out the fins and spots on this guy:





hope you all enjoyed... much more, and I'm finally shooting slr now... all but first were with my Point and Shoot. All fish were from PA as well... and people say 38.40 is too much for a license? PSh.

getting fluent with latin this season... my only goal.

peace
PaulRoberts
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Apr 10, 2011April 10th, 2011, 3:36 am EDT
Very nice!

Lotsa comments, but little time here...

What's the camera?

Nice brookies those! You probably earned them -yes?.

Welcome back.
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Apr 10, 2011April 10th, 2011, 8:36 am EDT
Hey, thanks for posting -- those are some great pictures!
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Jtberez
Indiana, PA

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Jtberez on Apr 10, 2011April 10th, 2011, 4:58 pm EDT
a lot of those pics were a mixture of cheap point and shoots... then I finally hashed out and got an olympus stylus tough 6000 for the underwaters.

my slr is a canon rebel 18-55 but I scooped up the tamrom 70-300 telephoto for a good price. I'm looking into macro lenses next. Started out working in elements and have somehow cracked the code, not that hard btw, to get cs5 for free, though I won't divulge that info here (pm me).

the brookies were def. earned, as well as the last leopard-like bow, however, the larger browns are the most earned. They come from a fingerling tailwater that is prob. the most challenging I frequent. 12 foot leaders, up and and across in gin clear water, and impossible lies in eddies... but a great place to be fishing, especially when water temps don't breach 70 in the dead heat of summer.

thanks for the comments and it's great to be back! Sorry for posting this in the general discussion... after all was said and done, I realized it should have been in the photography section.
Troutnut
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Troutnut on Apr 10, 2011April 10th, 2011, 8:19 pm EDT
I realized it should have been in the photography section.


Fixed that for ya.

not that hard btw, to get cs5 for free


Have you tried Lightroom 3? It's only about $80 (I say "only" because that's small change compared to buying Photoshop) and it's awesome. It really seems Lightroom is better than Photoshop for almost everything you'd want to do with photos.

Photoshop has a few fancy tricks Lightroom doesn't (stiching panoramas, HDR, and content-aware fill come to mind), but for day-to-day photo enhancement Lightroom seems better and much, much faster.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Tuna
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Altoona, PA

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Tuna on Apr 13, 2011April 13th, 2011, 7:05 am EDT
Nice pics, I'd be more than excited to pick up any one of those guys. I like the Dead Bear, too. I live in Altoona, PA, and if I had to guess I bet we fish a lot of the same waters. PM if ya ever wanna get out around Blair County.
Reel men play with their flies.
Jtberez
Indiana, PA

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Jtberez on Apr 21, 2011April 21st, 2011, 3:50 pm EDT
Jason,

I have fooled around with Lightroom and enjoy it very much... however, it just does not compare to cs5.. all it took was dl'ing the trial version of the suite collection, which gives me acces to dreamweaver, ps, etc.

all i had to do was access my firewall and block ALL adobe programs from accessing the internet and problem fixed.

Tuna,

anytime my friend, and yes, I do believe me fish a lot of the same streams... are you tuna on paflyfish?

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Jesse on Apr 24, 2011April 24th, 2011, 5:09 am EDT
Some great photos brother always good to see some fish pictures!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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14Adams
Western PA

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14Adams on Apr 24, 2011April 24th, 2011, 12:24 pm EDT
Super pics! Thanks for posting them. We do have some good fishing here in PA. Especially if you don't mind traveling some. So many good streams,so little time.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 24, 2011April 24th, 2011, 11:37 pm EDT
Awesome pics!! It's great to see all 3 of the major species (in the east)being caught at the same location!!
Tuna
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Altoona, PA

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Tuna on May 5, 2011May 5th, 2011, 6:36 am EDT
jtberez: same person as PAFF. Although the conditions haven't been great I've still been getting out a good bit. this coming weekend might be looking good.
Reel men play with their flies.
Jtberez
Indiana, PA

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Jtberez on May 6, 2011May 6th, 2011, 7:27 pm EDT
tuna,

yes, it is I :)

my girl and I commence tomorrow. I'm obtaining my BA, and she is finishing her Masters. She also just got offered a job and landed an interview for a great position within the University.

I may be sticking around my homeskirts after all, though i wanted to get more into Central, Pa, there is much work here for me.

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I'm also selling my body to my SLR (not many pics above were taken with it). If interested, please contact me privately. Hope I'm not going against any policies of the site.

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