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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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FishThirty on Feb 9, 2012February 9th, 2012, 3:14 pm EST
No problem Paul, for the record I'm going to say it was a cutty, a unique one.
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Entoman on Feb 9, 2012February 9th, 2012, 8:37 pm EST
Beware: There were a lot more footsteps before us than we may realize. Most high mountain lakes and upper tribs never had fish in them of any kind, until people started hauling them up in buckets, and not keeping records, and later by airdrop. There are precious few (if any) places left that fish aficionado's (of many ilks) haven't messed with things. We can consider nature's order pretty much "messed with" across the board.

Unless you run with Bigfoot, Paul, like my nephew does. Those hairy beasts know where all the natives are and I have it on good authority that they scared away any humans carrying phony fish into their domain.:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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PaulRoberts on Feb 10, 2012February 10th, 2012, 2:41 am EST
Ah! The hidden valley. The garden of Eden. The Misty Mountains, etc... Place I'd like to visit.
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Czoom on Feb 10, 2012February 10th, 2012, 9:48 am EST
Cross between some sort of cutthroat and a brown trout. Very nice fish. Never seen any that look like that.

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