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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing 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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Pryal74 on Mar 6, 2012March 6th, 2012, 2:08 pm EST
I don't know if anyone has put their vice on hold and picked up a rod. I have been at it all winter and doing very well. The CFS on open rivers is still quite low, the temps haven't REALLY rose yet, stoneflies are hatching and the Steelhead are hitting! 40 degrees (or so it said on the weather channel) windy and mostly cloudy. All 4 fish hooked took a stonefly nymph size 10 on the dropper. Landed 2 beasts today.

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Konchu on Mar 6, 2012March 6th, 2012, 2:13 pm EST
Nice! Congrats.
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Motrout on Mar 6, 2012March 6th, 2012
Very nice! Some beautiful fish.
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GldstrmSam on Mar 8, 2012March 8th, 2012, 8:01 am EST
Try to convince me that spring is on the way. February was more springlike than March. We just got about 14+ inches of snow up here, and they are still calling for -12 in the nights.

Nice fish James!

I glad you are enjoying break up down there. Except down by the power-plant my flies will be sliding across ice for at least another month.
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Motrout on Mar 8, 2012March 8th, 2012, 10:32 am EST
Hey, would you mind sending some of your cold weather down this way? Today is the chilliest day we've had in almost ten days, and it's 52 degrees right now. It got into the low 70s yesterday and the day before...Ridiculous. The dogwoods and redbuds have already bloomed, which we usually don't start seeing until about two, and usually three weeks from now. That's in comparison to last year, when we were still getting snow in late March. I like snow and cold weather, so I'm a little bummed out. But the fishing has been great! And it's very pretty along the streams just now, with every kind of flower imaginable starting to bloom.
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Pryal74 on Mar 12, 2012March 12th, 2012, 1:34 pm EDT
We finally may be seeing the last of our snow gone in the new few weeks. The rivers have JUST started to rise. When the CFS starts to climb the fish start to trickle in. We had a hard time finding many winter lake-run brown trout but now they are starting to show up. The last few trips we landed 5 of them. Two were tiny, one was 20 pounds, one was ten and another 3.

@ Motrout... you want cold weather but the fishing is great? Are you feeling ok? Haha. I enjoy it the cold and snow if the steelhead are taking or if I'm playing outdoor hockey.

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