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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Orn on Mar 12, 2012March 12th, 2012, 2:47 pm EDT
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Falsifly on Mar 12, 2012March 12th, 2012, 4:30 pm EDT
Well, I took a look and ended up viewing them all. Fantastic!! Orn, I noticed a few pictures from Wisconsin. Any connections here?
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Softhackle on Mar 12, 2012March 12th, 2012, 4:32 pm EDT
Welcome, your photos are wonderful!

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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Mar 13, 2012March 13th, 2012, 12:21 am EDT
Very nice photos, Orn! Feel free to "drown" this forum with your photos if you like. Photography of that quality is always welcome here.

I would really like to go fish Iceland sometime. I have a couple connections to people doing salmonid research there, so maybe I'll get a chance someday. The pictures I've seen remind me of some of my favorite parts of Alaska. I do like trees, but there's something magical about an unspoiled landscape that's devoid of them... just tundra and mountains as far as the eye can see.
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Crepuscular on Mar 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 5:49 am EDT
Orn, I, like Allen, wound up looking at all of your photos! Looks like a wonderful place. I have been trying to get my wife to travel to Iceland for years. She might be on to me that I just want to go fishing...

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