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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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
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Orn on Jun 22, 2012June 22nd, 2012, 2:56 pm EDT
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Oldredbarn on Jun 22, 2012June 22nd, 2012, 3:03 pm EDT
Orn,

Great looking fish! I have a beetle that I would love to try up there with you! Looks like that fish wasn't letting anyone of them get by him.

When you speak of re-capture...Are these fish tagged? We are about to start a study over here where we will be placing tiny transmitters of some sort in a few fish and chasing them down every so many days and marking their location with GPS...Should be interesting.

Thanks for the report...That one Brown is a Hog! :)

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Oldredbarn on Jun 22, 2012June 22nd, 2012, 6:33 pm EDT
Orn,

I went back and watched your vid...Wonderful! I am envious of a lot of things I saw but especially the fact that there's nothing to hassle with your backcast! :) Somewhere in that thread you responded to someones note by saying that you needed to work on your casting...If you come fish the Au Sable with me we can take care of that...The tag alders are so thick along the banks and behind you that your casting should pick up rather quickly or you'll lose a hundred flies a day. :)

Your casting looked fine and you were getting it done!

You said you are tagging birds as well...Are you keeping records?

Interesting landscape there...

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Martinlf on Jun 23, 2012June 23rd, 2012, 9:03 am EDT
Orm,

Thank you for the windown into your world. A number of us are still saving our pennies for a plane ticket. :) All kidding aside, you do live in a flyfisher's paradise.

--Louis
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Jun 23, 2012June 23rd, 2012, 9:31 am EDT
Good to see you are on the water again. Ahhhhhhh......

I've done similar things with largemouth bass here -"fingerprinting" them by markings. And posted the images too.
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Martinlf on Jul 13, 2012July 13th, 2012, 4:49 am EDT
I think I'm turning into Captain Ahab


Now there's a sentiment that many of us can relate to. Best of luck, Orm. Just don't let one of them bite a leg off.


"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Troutnut on Aug 5, 2012August 5th, 2012, 5:10 pm EDT
Great pictures! Very few destinations can make me wish I could hop on the first plane out of Alaska to go fishing, but I think you're in one there.
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Wbranch on Aug 6, 2012August 6th, 2012, 6:24 pm EDT
Orn,

As usual just gorgeous pictures of big browns and now atlantic salmon. Do you use traditional hairwing salmon flies and fish them across and down on a floating line? Do you see them come up on the swing and boil on the fly before they take the fly?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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PaulRoberts on Aug 7, 2012August 7th, 2012, 8:29 am EDT
Wonderful images, and stories. Thanks for sharing.
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Jmd123 on Aug 7, 2012August 7th, 2012, 10:26 pm EDT
Wow, what a beautiful fish! Aren't char lovely?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Adirman on Aug 16, 2012August 16th, 2012, 2:15 pm EDT
Beautiful pics my friend!! From the background landscape in many of them, looks like you have a beautiful country as well!! Whats the temps like right now?
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Martinlf on Aug 19, 2012August 19th, 2012, 7:36 pm EDT
I hope you (and your fish) get rain and relief soon.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Aug 20, 2012August 20th, 2012, 8:18 am EDT
Man! Scary. So sorry to hear and see that. We'll do a rain dance for you.
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Adirman on Sep 30, 2012September 30th, 2012, 2:59 am EDT
Hey Orn;

What kinda flies you use for those salmon? Nice pics as well!!
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PaulRoberts on Sep 30, 2012September 30th, 2012, 3:46 pm EDT
Wow. Love the fall color!
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WestCO on Sep 30, 2012September 30th, 2012, 8:44 pm EDT
I've never checked this thread before. Holy cow those are amazing images. What a great life you're living.
...but fishermen I have noticed, they don't care if I'm rich or poor, wearing robes or waders, all they care about is the fish, the river, and the game we play. For fishermen, the only virtues are patience, tolerance, and humility. I like this.

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