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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Dates Fished2006-09-26
Fish Caught-1 tires

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Troutnut on Sep 26, 2006September 26th, 2006, 6:22 am EDT
I left today for a two-day excursion to the Catskills, to buy a new small-stream rod and carry my good camera/tripod a few miles into a really beautiful remote piece of small stream that I found last time.

15 miles out of Ithaca: "thump... thump... thump..."

The front right tire had blown out. I'm really lucky that it happened just as I was rolling up to a stoplight next to the only gas station for 10 miles in either direction. I know how to change a tire, but this one was really fussy and took some extra tools and help I couldn't have found elsewhere. I don't want to drive 150 miles back into remote mountain roads on a spare, so I guess I'll push the trip back a week or so. It should be good for the fall colors at least!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Saltyfly
Long Island Sound

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Saltyfly on Oct 9, 2006October 9th, 2006, 12:11 pm EDT
Sorry to hear about your short trip. That sucks. I remember you from CTF a year or two ago. I too was booted off for my progressive thinking and views on conservation. Oh, well. Your site is great. Even when it wasn't updated it was still pretty decent.

Oh btw... I know you live in Ithica and all but... How about adding saltwater to the mix even though striped bass and blue fish really don't feed on cadis flies:-)

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