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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 10:11 am EDT



My latest print.

Mark
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PaulRoberts on Mar 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 11:23 am EDT
Very nice, Mark.
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Wiflyfisher on Mar 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 1:10 pm EDT
Awesome, Mark!!

Where do you sell your work?

John

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Lastchance on Mar 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 3:13 pm EDT
Beautiful, Mark.
Bruce
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Softhackle on Mar 14, 2012March 14th, 2012, 3:45 pm EDT
I sell my work/prints online through my studio web site and Jim Slattery sells prints for me as well at Campfire Lodge Resort.

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

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders: http://www.troutnut.com/libstudio/FS&S/index.html
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FisherOfMen on Mar 15, 2012March 15th, 2012, 9:29 am EDT
That's an amazing scene. I always love fly fishing works that picture the angler in their cast just before the 'moment of truth'. It gives a feeling of suspense to the work.

At least for me, anyway...

That looks amazing, Mark!
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
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Oldredbarn on Mar 15, 2012March 15th, 2012, 10:21 am EDT
That's an amazing scene. I always love fly fishing works that picture the angler in their cast just before the 'moment of truth'. It gives a feeling of suspense to the work.

At least for me, anyway...

That looks amazing, Mark!


Nice read there Nick...I agree!

Spence
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Troutnut on Mar 15, 2012March 15th, 2012, 11:24 am EDT
Another beautiful one, Mark! Feel free to share that as a front page contribution on this site if you want.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Shawnny3 on Mar 17, 2012March 17th, 2012, 4:48 am EDT
Excellent work as always, Mark. You capture the scene through a fisherman's eyes. How many viewers were drawn quickly to the lower left corner where the lack of glare allows you to scout the stream for lurking fish? Made me want to put on my polarizing lenses to try to see more.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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