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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.

Dorsal view of a Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Softhackle
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Softhackle on Mar 8, 2012March 8th, 2012, 2:34 pm EST
I have shared this with some friends already, and thought I'd share here. These were gifts from some good friends of mine that know I love fishing wingless wet flies.

The Rod is a custom made S Glass 3 piece 9 ft 2 inches. The reel is classic Hardy Cacapedia III with Hardy fly line. The box is leather fleece lined, loaded with wingless wets.





Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Entoman on Mar 8, 2012March 8th, 2012, 6:06 pm EST
Gorgeous equipment, Mark. Your friends have excellent taste. I noticed they included a Carrie Stevens streamer as a capper... Very nice. I bet you can't wait for spring!...
"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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FisherOfMen on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 11:24 am EST
Isn't that a Gray Ghost? Or is it the same thing...?


Very cool stuff BTW!
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Entoman on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 11:48 am EST
Hi Nick,

You are right about it being a "Ghost." The difference is the Gray Ghost (which is the 'type' for the style) is tied with a hard to find golden orange silk floss body and medium dun wings. At first glance I thought this was Percy Gardner's Brown Ghost, but it looks to have maroon wings and a black body. The color variations of this classic pattern are legion, though. Perhaps Mark can supply you with this one's name, but I think it was a gift.

"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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Softhackle on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 2:21 pm EST
Hey, I'll see if I can get a closer photo of the fly and post it.

Mark

Here we go--

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Entoman
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Entoman on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 4:41 pm EST
Well, it's definitely tied in the Rangeley style, though it lacks the peacock underwing. This is more than likely a private pattern, and from a good tier's vise. I've scoured my library and can't find any examples of established patterns in the Grey Ghost (Stevens) style with a black body or maroon wings.
"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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FisherOfMen on Mar 10, 2012March 10th, 2012, 10:42 am EST
It does look like a very good pattern. You totally lost me with all the jargon and everything, though. All in good time...

I can't wait to get my fly boxes looking like that one! I was scouting an unnamed mountain stream while hunting today, and it's getting me all the more enthusiastic with my tying! Who would've thought wrapping some feathers and fur around a hook could be so much fun?!
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

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