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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Dec 28, 2011December 28th, 2011, 11:15 am EST
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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GldstrmSam on Dec 28, 2011December 28th, 2011, 11:22 am EST
Really interesting.

I really like the hatch and the fly pattern charts at the bottom of the page.

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

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Martinlf on Dec 28, 2011December 28th, 2011, 2:34 pm EST
Thanks, Matt. Hope all is well with you and that Santa treated you right.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Dec 28, 2011December 28th, 2011, 9:13 pm EST
Hi Louis, I'm well and hope you and your family is too. My wife outdid herself and got me a ton of the gadgets I wanted for fly fishing. I'm in the winter tying mode now and am working on Sulfurs. Finished a dozen each #16 & #18 Sulfur duns recently and am now working a dozen each the same fly and sizes but in the emerger.

I'm keeping my eyes on the Erie creeks and there has still been some good action. I'll probably go up if there is a period of 2 - 3 days of 40 degree weather.

The Big Horn used to be a phenomenal river, maybe it still is, I haven't fished there since 1993. It had just phenomenal nymph fishing. If you had reasonable nymph skills you could hammer fish all day long. The dry fly fishing was equally as good but the river got so much publicity that it became so crowded that it was difficult to go out and have a good experience. Many of the guides would camp out on a run or pool for hours and their buddies would be stacked up behind them to get in the pool. So as soon as one guide boat another would slip in behind him.

I used to stay at this campground and Googled the name of the place to see if it was still there and this page was one on the web site. BTW if anyone is thinking of going there it fishes best if you at least have a pontoon boat to get from one run to the next. It is way too deep to wade across and since it flows through the Crow reservation one can't go walking along the shore above the high water mark without running into issues.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutfly on Dec 30, 2011December 30th, 2011, 8:38 pm EST
Wow, very detailed and clean pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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