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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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Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Nymph from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
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Dwrbfrear on Jan 24, 2012January 24th, 2012, 5:45 am EST
I use several baits(spawn/bags) for spring steelhead fishing and would like to tie my own flies. What are the materials/hook sizes needed? Thanks
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Wbranch on Jan 24, 2012January 24th, 2012, 2:48 pm EST
You are asking for an awful lot of data and information for a first time poster. I'd suggect you Google "Flies needed for spring steelhead". Then when you get a few anwsers copy down the names of those flies and Google "fly pattern recipe for XXXXX" You fill in the name of the fly. I'd recommend Hares Ear, Prince, Pheasant Tail, Black stone fly al in sizes #12 - #16. Have fun.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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