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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Softhackle on Aug 17, 2011August 17th, 2011, 11:18 am EDT
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Sayfu on Aug 28, 2011August 28th, 2011, 9:49 am EDT
That's why I like the moving water of rivers I guess. Swimmer's itch can be bad enough. I've seen outings ruined by swimmer's itch fishing out of float tubes, or pontoon boats, but the amoeba critter is something else.
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Jesse on Aug 28, 2011August 28th, 2011, 8:35 pm EDT
Thats a shame the poor kid.. Scary stuff but definitely something that everyone needs to be aware of so thanks for posting!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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