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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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Motrout
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Motrout on May 27, 2011May 27th, 2011, 7:04 am EDT
I grew up in the Northwest corner of Colorado, in a little town called Craig in the Yampa Valley, and after long years of not seeing my home state, finally I am going to get back there this summer, in the second week of August. I wish it could be for longer, but it'll be a weeklong trip, not counting the two day drive each way. I think it will be kind of fun to revisit that country fly rod in hand. When I lived there, I was purely a spin and bait fisherman, and I'm really looking forward to experiencing those waters in a different way by fly fishing them. Here's how the plans are looking right now, although they could change.

2 days fishing the Yampa River for rainbows
2 days up in the mountains of Routt National Forest, fishing one of my old favorite cutthroat lakes
3 days in the Flattop Wilderness, fishing Trappers Lake ( which is a pretty famous trout fishery that I think is okay to name here), and probably hiking in to a certain little mountain lake that sits at 10,000 feet, and at least when I fished there last, held some of very nice native cutthroat.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on May 27, 2011May 27th, 2011, 9:09 am EDT
I remember fishing the Yampa back in the mid seventies, between Steam Boat and Craig, and the Blue between Dillon and Kremmling. In 72 I spent a month in a campground just outside Steamboat which was right on the Yampa, sweet memories indeed. I’d say your going to have great trip Motrout, and I think both of us would agree it’s a foregone conclusion.
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 27, 2011May 27th, 2011, 9:45 am EDT
MO, that sounds like a great trip! Best of luck and have fun! Sounds like you'll be in some pretty spectacular scenery too, so if you can, take a camera and show us what it all looks like (including fishies) when you get back.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Motrout
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Motrout on May 27, 2011May 27th, 2011, 9:47 am EDT
I will make sure to post pics. I know I am bad about that as a rule, but for a trip like this I will make sure that I have some good pictures to post.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
http://fishingintheozarks.blogspot.com/

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