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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.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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

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