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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.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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AndresT on Sep 26, 2011September 26th, 2011, 3:08 am EDT
Tying some hoppers for North Carolina show.


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AndresT on Sep 29, 2011September 29th, 2011, 3:34 am EDT

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Sayfu on Oct 2, 2011October 2nd, 2011, 5:16 am EDT

The problem that I would have tying a fly that good looking is to hang one of them up in the bushes. I'd risk life and limb trying to retrieve it! Some of the most dangerous moments I have had floating rivers in a driftboat is doing just that. Hanging over the side of a boat through a tight spot, trying to retrieve a fly off a windfall limb.

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AndresT on Oct 4, 2011October 4th, 2011, 6:47 am EDT
Hello Sayfu,

doing that kind of exercise in a boat is, no doubt, risky. You should not, even if you are going to miss one of your best flies. And much more if you can tie more easy tying catchers as these ones are.

Thank you for your comment.

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