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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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 Jan 28, 2012January 28th, 2012, 11:38 am EST
Hi Casey,

Well I wish I could of responded to your "cats can't swim" comment in the original post about alternative fly tying material - but I don't know how to correct the settings error I am experiencing.

But anyway I thought you should look at these.

Google Image search - pictures of swimming cats
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jan 28, 2012January 28th, 2012, 12:23 pm EST
oh, my gosh, how funny! had to show it to the rest of the cat fanciers in the family and we're all just teary-eyed with laughter.

thanks for a good air-clearing post! now that's settled, we can all toss our moggies into the pool and watch their funny faces.

however, i still maintain that a a gold-ribbed cat's hare nymph will not float!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jan 29, 2012January 29th, 2012, 7:11 pm EST
Oh man Matt, that's just too funny!!! Heheheheheheheh...

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

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Oldredbarn on Jan 30, 2012January 30th, 2012, 4:55 am EST
however, i still maintain that a a gold-ribbed cat's hare nymph will not float!


I once watched a squirrel swim across the South Branch of the Au Sable. It was a hoot! It's tail looked like it had been dipped in floatant and was riding like a bobber on the river. I kept waiting for a monster Brown or pike to swallow him whole...

Squirrel dubbing is sold as nymph dubbing and they can swim pretty good as well...Why not your cat dub? :) We'll call it "Casey's Cat Dub" and sell it in one of those dubbing boxes in ten "promised to score" colors! You will be rich!

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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