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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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FisherOfMen on May 15, 2012May 15th, 2012, 7:58 am EDT
I was fishing from my dock the other day to a school of stocked rainbows (I think) and I finally managed to get one of the buggers. For stocked fish, they're being awful difficult to catch this year. Last year I'd get plenty with a Panther Martin, but they won't even go for that this year!

Anyway so I got the trout in, and I couldn't figure out what exactly it was. The markings were more like that of a brown, but along the top of the fish and a little on the bottom it was emerald green. Also in the middle where the pink stripe usually is on rainbows it was a sort of pale gray-ish.

There's Atlantic Salmon in the lake as well, could it have been one of those buggers? I'm totally lost.


...maybe it was just a little seasick!
"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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