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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Jesse on Nov 24, 2011November 24th, 2011, 2:55 pm EST
What kind of Epoxy do you guys use for your flies that need it, say a copper john? Mine (the Epoxy) will sometimes turn white once applied to water!?
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Gutcutter on Nov 24, 2011November 24th, 2011, 5:27 pm EST
Devcon 5 minute epoxy is all that I ever used until the ultra violate light curable glues came into fashion.
Being stubborn and a traditionalist, I resisted it for a while, but once I tried it, I never looked back.
I find myself using more and more of Loon UV KnotSense these days.
I still like the Devcon for my tarpon heads and my permit crabs, but have switched to the KnotSense for almost all of my trout fly applications.
The epoxy (all of them) will yellow over time, and the KnotSense will not.
Don't know why it would turn white. I'm guessing that you got the proportions wrong while mixing it before applying it.
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GldstrmSam on Nov 24, 2011November 24th, 2011, 7:09 pm EST
I'll use this as a good time to ask a similar question.

Does anybody here use super-glue for fly heads?

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
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Sayfu on Nov 25, 2011November 25th, 2011, 4:02 am EST

Not I, and it can destroy rubber legs on contact, and dissolve plastics. No need to use at the head, unless it is to secure a hair wing that you feel could get pulled out. But get it only on the butts. Get some up the hair stem, and it destroys the hair. A super glue that I use in different places is CRAZY GLUE sold in WalMart. Comes with a thin brush top, and you can use it over, and over without getting the container plugged up, and useless. Some will take the thin brush, and trim it even thinner so they get the super glue just in the spot where they want it. The other aspect is it costs about 40% less than the super glue sold in the flyshops.
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GldstrmSam on Nov 25, 2011November 25th, 2011, 8:58 am EST
Thanks Sayfu,

I did mean CRAZY GLUE.

I know there are some things that you can't buy the cheapest of because of the quality, but I'm trying to cut as many corners as possible because fly tying materials can really add up in price.

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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