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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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.
Troutnut is a project started in 2003 by salmonid ecologist Jason "Troutnut" Neuswanger to help anglers and fly tyers unabashedly embrace the entomological side of the sport. Learn more about Troutnut or support the project for an enhanced experience here.

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Falsifly on Jan 9, 2012January 9th, 2012, 12:51 pm EST
An excerpt taken from TU “Wild Rivers Chapter” monthly news letter “Wild Rivers Tribute” Jan, 2012:

Favorite Trout Sites
Chuck Campbell

It was mid-June, not yet hex time and I was on a northern Wisconsin stream in the midst of a major hatch. Not sure what mayfly was on the water, I took several mayflies home and checked troutnut .com for an identification. The site contains an aquatic insect encyclopedia of the highest quality. The hatch was the Black Quill, and the website gave me all of the information that I could hope for about the hatch and how to match it. Quoting the site: Troutnut.com is a photographic shrine to trout, fly fishing, beautiful rivers, the fascinating flies we imitate, and how to match the hatch for every common species in North America. It is run by “Troutnut” Jason Neuswanger with help from many others. Troutnut .com also has the top 10 fly hatches, a forum, and a fly tying contest. The site has high quality close-up photos of all the insect life stages, and is very current. If you have a fascination for trout and trout food, this is the place for you.

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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Troutnut on Jan 9, 2012January 9th, 2012, 2:54 pm EST
I still get their newsletter in the mail, so I was just reading that at the table tonight before I came online and found it here. :) If Chuck reads this, thanks Chuck!

I'm kind of surprised he didn't mention that many (maybe most) of the bugs and scenery pictures on this site come from northwest Wisconsin in the Wild Rivers chapter's home turf. Maybe he didn't know? Anyway, anyone from the region reading this should be aware that your favorite rivers are responsible for much of the best stuff here.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
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Wiflyfisher on Jan 9, 2012January 9th, 2012, 3:54 pm EST
I saw it too in my NW Wisconsin TU email newsletter. Greatly deserved. And, it's even more than that... most can't fully appreciate Jason's hundreds of hours of custom PHP programming, database programming, CSS, HTML, design layout, graphics, editing photos, Javascript, etc.
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PaulRoberts on Jan 9, 2012January 9th, 2012, 4:04 pm EST
No surprise. Start asking "What bug was that the trout were on..." And Troutnut will come up.
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Fairbanks, Alaska

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GldstrmSam on Jan 10, 2012January 10th, 2012, 11:57 am EST
...and a fly tying contest.

I tried to check out the fly tying contest, but I got an "internal error" page. Any ideas on the problem?
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Jan 10, 2012January 10th, 2012, 1:01 pm EST
Yeah that separate site I made keeps going down on its own and it's hard for me to bring it online. When I get a bit of free time I'm going to try to move it onto the same server as Troutnut.com, where it should be more reliable.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jan 12, 2012January 12th, 2012, 9:22 am EST
Hey Jason, congrats on making "the big time"! No surprise to all of us on here, of course, but perhaps we could be seeing a new wave of users on here? More input, "more better"...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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