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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Jul 31, 2011July 31st, 2011, 5:30 am EDT
When these little guys are cruising the surface you can watch fish go airborne chasing them.
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Shawnny3 on Aug 1, 2011August 1st, 2011, 4:39 am EDT
Very cool pattern, Fred. I like the body profile a lot, and the double wing. To this untrained eye, it looks like you've nailed the proportions. Do they float, or are they just for show?

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Lake Charles , Louisiana

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FredH on Aug 1, 2011August 1st, 2011, 6:11 am EDT
Thanks Shawn. The abdomen , thorax and head are created out of thread and deer hair and will float really well. The wings will make it difficult to cast. So I'll probably just dap with it. I was tying the amber wing for special project and it didn't make th cut so it'll get fished . It wont have the motion of the live counter-part but it should cast a siloette the fish are familiar with.I'll let you know how it works.

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