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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing 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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Redband on Feb 9, 2007February 9th, 2007, 11:11 am EST
I am new here and see there is a lot of East or Midwest participants, I am enjoying your site and would like to just say hi, and if your planning anything in the west I would be happy to discuss the Deschutes river for trout or steelhead. have a nice day.
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Bolivar, MO

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Sirhoops23 on Feb 10, 2007February 10th, 2007, 7:54 am EST
I am from the midwest. I live in Missouri and fish a lot at trout parks and the many rivers and occasionally get down to the White in Arkansas.
Bolivar, MO

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Sirhoops23 on Feb 10, 2007February 10th, 2007, 9:02 am EST
Ok so my reply probably didn't make much sense. I thought you were asking if there were any midwest fisherman on. sorry about that.
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Feb 10, 2007February 10th, 2007, 5:10 pm EST
We've definitely got some west coast members here, like Taxon. Some others are in the eastern Rockies, too.
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Bolivar, MO

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Sirhoops23 on Feb 13, 2007February 13th, 2007, 2:23 am EST
I would love to hear from anyone who has advice or tips for nymphing with split shots. ie placement on tippet types(brands) etc. just hear from ya'll about it.
Martinsburg, WV

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Brett on Feb 13, 2007February 13th, 2007, 3:57 am EST
To weight, or not to weight... In regards to split-shot (or the twiston lead strips) I guess there are a couple of schools of thought. 1.) Some prefer to add weight to the leader just above the tippet attachment point so as not to decrease the already light breaking strength on the tippet. 2.) Some prefer to just go with heavier tippet (4X instead of 5X) and add weight close to the fly - say 8 inches or so above it. 3.) Some who use split-shot commonly prefer an unweighted nymph, specualting that it may tumble and move more freely without added weight on the hook. 4.) Some prefer to just add significant weight to the hook (building in tungsten or other shot) so that the fly, itself, is bouncing on the bottom. I've done a little of all of those. Gonzo has some ingenious patterns that incororate much weight into the fly itself (especially darter and sculpin patterns, since these types of fish have no air bladders and reside almost totally on the bottom.) Personally, when dealing with high, fast water (spring runoff, deep runs) I feel the ability to add or remove varying sizes of split shot offers me the best ability to bounce my flies on the bottom without overweighting to the point of hang-ups on every cast.
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Martinlf on Feb 14, 2007February 14th, 2007, 4:35 am EST
Art Scheck also suggests this technique for nymphing. It's a new one for me. Thanks.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Bolivar, MO

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Sirhoops23 on Feb 16, 2007February 16th, 2007, 6:46 am EST
Great stuff ya'll thanks for the input. As you know at this time of year a lot more time is spent thinking about fishing than actually fishing unfortunatly.

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