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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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Troutnut on Jun 15, 2011June 15th, 2011, 9:45 pm EDT
This is really cool:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110613-space-science-star-water-bullets-kristensen/

A protostar was discovered that shoots jets of water from its poles. It shoots a hundred millions times the volume of water per second that the Amazon River does, and at a velocity 80 times faster than a bullet.

I'm glad I don't have to wade in that flow!
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Konchu on Jun 16, 2011June 16th, 2011, 2:20 am EDT
now THAT's a super soaker squirt gun
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PaulRoberts on Jun 16, 2011June 16th, 2011, 3:42 am EDT
Holy... moly.
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Jmd123 on Jun 16, 2011June 16th, 2011, 9:33 am EDT
That would take an extra-long rod and a few billion miles of backing, and a drag with a radius the diameter of Jupiter!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Troutnut on Jun 16, 2011June 16th, 2011, 12:55 pm EDT
I would love to pose in front of it with a big fish.
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