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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Oct 31, 2011October 31st, 2011, 12:09 pm EDT
As much as we fly fishers abhor mosquitoes could this experiment create a monster with unintended consequences, or is it a step in the right direction?

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Oct 31, 2011October 31st, 2011, 1:25 pm EDT
Probably shouldn't mess w/ Mother Nature IMHO. Sure, its nice to not get bit up by swarms of 'em but if the population is severely impacted, no tellin its effect on other levels of the food chain.
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Nov 6, 2011November 6th, 2011, 5:45 am EST
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
- John Muir
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Jesse on Nov 8, 2011November 8th, 2011, 4:38 am EST
Perfectly said, and the thought of humans trying to play the role of God makes me sick...
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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