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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionBlack Hills
Specific LocationCastle Creek near inlet of Deerfield Reservoir
Dates FishedJuly 12-14, 2011
Time of DayAfternoon
Fish CaughtRainbows, Rock Bass, & 1 brook trout
Conditions & HatchesOvercast. A few midges were hatching.

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Bioprofsd
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Mitchell, SD

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Bioprofsd on Jul 24, 2011July 24th, 2011, 5:22 pm EDT
I caught about 6 hatchery rainbows up to about 13 inches on olive wooly buggers near the footbridge over the inlet of Deerfield Reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The water was high and a little off-color, so I swithched to a prince nymph which has a little white on it and caught a wild brook trout and a wild rainbow (both small). Lots of rock bass in the lake and didn't have a boat, so I fished mainly above the reservoir in the creek. Sorry, no pictures.
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Motrout on Jul 24, 2011July 24th, 2011, 6:40 pm EDT
Thanks for the report. I love the Black Hills.
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Troutnut
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Jul 27, 2011July 27th, 2011, 4:31 pm EDT
Sounds like a fun trip. I'd love to see some pictures from that area, too... I don't really have a good sense of what it's like.
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