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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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DrMartin
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DrMartin on Apr 30, 2011April 30th, 2011, 7:48 pm EDT
"Ideas to make flies seem more realistic to trout (or at least to us)."

I know it's not just for us "Realistic tyers". However it is what we all are trying to accomplish.

Your simple sentence reminds us that we are one group (Fly Tyers/FlyFisherman and Women) trying to solve one puzzle, from as many different directions as our "fertile little" minds will allow.

It makes me think. It's been 600 or 800 years and we still find it an enjoyable challenge. I don't know who's winning. Them (the fish) or us. If we're not, it isn't for lack of trying or diversity.

Keep on Tying Brothers and Sisters of the Fly,

David Martin

P.S. No I haven't been drinking, just feeling the satisfaction tonight of being allowed to build my life around something I care so much about.

Without all of you there would be no Fly Tying or Fly Fishing for me to be a part of.

Thank You.....
David Martin

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