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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Roguerat on Aug 6, 2011August 6th, 2011, 8:59 am EDT
anbody ever given thought to tying-bench cleanup by using one of those mini (micro?) vacuum-cleaners they make for electronic stuff like keyboards?

I'm married to the most forgiving wife in the world, she admires everything I tie with a that's nice, dear' and I want to keep her happy. that means no piles of clipped deer hair on the carpet, no stray feathers hanging out of the dog's mouth, etc...

I think I'll Google this item and see what's out there, just for grins.

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Jesse on Aug 6, 2011August 6th, 2011, 10:02 pm EDT
What the hells bells de very confused hopper pattern!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Roguerat on Aug 7, 2011August 7th, 2011, 3:25 am EDT
vacuum-cleaned hoppers?

I saw a balsa-bodied monstrosity from the '50's in a magazine recently, guess it follows suit that this 'fly' was dreamed up during the days of 'duck and cover' and radiation-spawned mutants all over the place.
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Gutcutter on Aug 7, 2011August 7th, 2011, 5:33 pm EDT
vacuum-cleaned hoppers?
and radiation-spawned mutants all over the place.


Yeah, they wouldn't work anymore. Fish don't like Chernobyl ants or hoppers. Don't ever try to use them in Pennsylvania.
Oh, yeah, I guess you would have to throw them at SMB because we have no trouts in PA
:)
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Roguerat on Aug 8, 2011August 8th, 2011, 5:48 am EDT
make a quick trip to West MI, then- it rained over the weekend and we've been advised of the possibility of a 'run' of "Brown Trout" in the Grand again.

seriously, heading for The Muskegon this evening, SMB are said to be hitting topwaters pretty consistently. sz 10 poppers and frogs,etc, on Stinger hooks.

'should I wear a film-badge when tying on Chernobyl mutants?'


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Jmd123 on Aug 8, 2011August 8th, 2011, 12:45 pm EDT
Depends on whether they actually glow in the dark or not...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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