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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Keegy on Nov 21, 2011November 21st, 2011, 11:32 am EST
I've recently participated in my first fly swap through another fishing forum. It has been a lot of fun tying flies for others and I want to see if people from troutnut would want to participate in a fly swap.

General idea would be 10-12 participants tie up some of their favorite flies along a theme (e.g. baetis, midges, streamers). They tie 1-4 flies for each participant (exact # depending on size/time for each fly), mail them out to me along with self addressed envelope, I divide up flies for each participant and mail them back out.

It's a fun way to get motivated to tie and to see what others can do. If there is enough interest, I can put together a more detailed rule set and we can decide on a theme.


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Strmanglr on Nov 23, 2011November 23rd, 2011, 11:20 am EST
Keegy, I'm in for a fly swap after the beginning of the year. It's just way too hectic at work right now.

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