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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Wbranch has attached this picture to this report. The message is below.
The surroundings have been altered to protect the innocent.

Report at a Glance

General RegionNYS Western Catskills
Specific LocationWest Branch & main stem Delaware
Dates FishedMay 17 - 21
Time of Day10 - 5 & 6 - 9
Fish CaughtBrown Trout
Conditions & HatchesMarch Browns, Ep invaria, Ep dorothea, Ep subvaria spinners, spattering of Green Drakes and spinner of GD

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Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 1:41 pm EDT
Quite good, but not great fishing Thursday and Friday. Poor fishing all day Saturday due to high sun, 80 degree air, no insects. Sunday very windy from 10 - 8. Virtually unfishable. Three in the boat taking turns on one rising fish. They thought it was taking a dun but I saw a tail so I put on a piece of 6X 4" long and on it put a #20 Flashback BH PT. It ate the fly on the first drift. Lots of good talk, dark rum, coke, and lime. I was sleepy and gave up at 7:00 although we stayed on the river until total darkness.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 4:41 pm EDT
Another nice brown there, Matt. Sounds like a good fishing trip except for the frustrating weather.

"The surroundings have been altered to protect..." YOUR fishing spot. And I don't blame you one little bit. We are about to experience the onslaught of terrorists - er, I mean TOURISTS - this coming weekend up here in Au Sable country. Time to go find those out-of-the way spots (i.e, little creeks full of brookies)...or check the smallies on Cooke Pond - got some real nice ones there last year on standard dries (white Elkhair caddis, White Wulff, I thnk both were size #12).

Thanks for telling us about your trip!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 5:33 pm EDT
Another pretty fish. You do target the black spotted ones.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 5:48 pm EDT
Louis, maybe he just photographs the black-spotted ones. Or, he has some kind of special material in those glasses of his that allow him to detect the spots at casting distance...didn't he say something about working in materials science??

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 6:18 pm EDT
"...didn't he say something about working in materials science??"

During my working life I held a Secret clearance for over twenty years. Most of it was directly related to ordnance projects to keep the USA on the cutting edge of weapons. However there just might have been those special polyzirconite nano crystal lens that we were able to de-classify and fashion into special glasses that give me that edge to locate those black spotted browns.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 6:42 pm EDT
I knew it!!! No wonder he always catches such nice (and black-spotted) freaking fish!!!

Although, it begs the question of why haven't you patented it and made billions of dollars? Or is that just a minor detail of your personal life that you keep hidden from us? "Matt's Super Spotter Fishing Glasses"...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 7:23 pm EDT
"why haven't you patented it and made billions of dollars?"

More money won't make me any happier but having those secret glasses, and the ability to catch those, harder to catch, black spotted browns is worth not making those big bucks.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 23, 2012May 23rd, 2012, 8:30 pm EDT
I had a feeling that was going to be your answer...or is it just that good old fisherman thing, "I have a secret weapon and I ain't gonna tell NOBODY!!!"

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Jesse
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Jesse on May 24, 2012May 24th, 2012, 9:41 pm EDT
The fish in that river are magnificent!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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JOHNW
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on May 26, 2012May 26th, 2012, 9:49 am EDT
Don't let him fool ya boys. The blurry background is from the Dark Rum, Coke, and Limes that he reported consuming.

Besides anyone can clearly tell that it is the Big Two Faced just above the junction with the Little Broken Heart exactly two miles below Busted Hull Shoal.
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 26, 2012May 26th, 2012, 3:06 pm EDT
Darnit, that guy JW sure knows where my secret spots are!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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