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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 Grammotaulius betteni (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This is a striking caddis larva with an interesting color pattern on the head. Here are some characteristics I was able to see under the microscope, but could not easily expose for a picture:
- The prosternal horn is present.
- The mandible is clearly toothed, not formed into a uniform scraper blade.
- The seems to be only 2 major setae on the ventral edge of the hind femur.
- Chloride epithelia seem to be absent from the dorsal side of any abdominal segments.
Based on these characteristics and the ones more easily visible from the pictures, this seems to be Grammotaulius. The key's description of the case is spot-on: "Case cylindrical, made of longitudinally arranged sedge or similar leaves," as is the description of the markings on the head, "Dorsum of head light brownish yellow with numerous discrete, small, dark spots." The spot pattern on the head is a very good match to figure 19.312 of Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019). The species ID is based on Grammotaulius betteni being the only species of this genus known in Washington state.
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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Jesse has attached these 16 pictures. The message is below.
Montana High!
Wild Cutty in the Gallatin National Forest
Some Arctic Grayling Feeding Heavily
McDonald Lake Montana
The beautiful Dearborn River where i managed to run into an epic two day sully hatch
One of the pools that was producing so many bugs
A Wild Male Cutty Working his way towards Goat Lake, Canada
Somewhere high, in the rollie pollie sky ha..  Canada
How could you beat this view..?
Outside Banff Canada
A Lost River
Rumbling on Down
Glacier Valley Canada
Wild Flowers
Shooting Stars
The "Last Day Out" view
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Jesse on Sep 29, 2012September 29th, 2012, 11:00 am EDT
Here are just a few of the many pictures i took throughout my hike this summer. We covered many different parts of the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor running from Montana north to Yukon, Canada. I managed to fish quite a bit and provide some fresh wild trout for some dinner and breakfast deserts. A lot of the water towards Canada wasn't fishy though because of the high alpine climates. All in all it was a fantastic time and an amazing learning/FISHING experience. I didn't take many fishing pictures myself, but did snap a lot of river and scenery shots. My friends from the trip got some awesome action shots though. In all i probably took about 300 pictures, so you guys are just getting a small percentage. Hope you enjoy.
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Troutnut on Sep 29, 2012September 29th, 2012, 12:18 pm EDT
Awesome photos! Thanks for posting.

In the first "Montana high" photo, is that spot heavily grazed, or are there areas with grass that short on its own?

The ones in "Wild Flowers" are fireweed, one of the most common, iconic flowers in Alaska.
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Orn on Sep 29, 2012September 29th, 2012, 12:59 pm EDT
Beautiful pictures! What a scenery! We want more!
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GldstrmSam on Sep 29, 2012September 29th, 2012, 1:15 pm EDT
Wow!!!!
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Oldredbarn on Sep 29, 2012September 29th, 2012, 6:45 pm EDT
Jess,

I agree with Orn...Looking forward to part two with your smiling face and some fish! :) I did a similar route back in 1973...Looking at your pics reminds me that I still don't believe what I saw. The area is mind blowing. I'm glad you had such a good trip. I was further west and haven't seen Banff yet. My wife and I are hoping to see it soon.

Wonderful looking trip Jess...Now back to school! :)

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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PaulRoberts on Sep 30, 2012September 30th, 2012, 5:45 am EDT
Wonderful trip Jesse. Thanks for sharing.

That apparently close-cropped grass looks like mountain tundra to me. When I first saw it here in CO I called it "God's golf course".
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Oldredbarn on Sep 30, 2012September 30th, 2012, 12:47 pm EDT
Jess...

I forgot to tell you I'm working on a re-visit out west for next year. The boys in the Michigan Fly Fishing Club go out for a week each early August and I've been on the waiting list and have just been informed they are expanding it...

My wife has a second cousin that lives in Bozeman and I'm thinking about driving out myself, fishing, and having her fly out near the end of it and do some sight seeing together.

They stay at a place near West Yellowstone...I'll keep you posted once I get my you-know-what together. Once I get a confirm I'll start tying for the trip...It will help keep me busy this winter.

I'll tie up some of my "secret" Callibaetis flies and we could meet at the Railroad Ranch or chase "Gulpers" on Hebgen...:) Maybe I still have an ounce of rock-and-roll left in me and we could visit the Mighty Madison!

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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Jmd123 on Oct 2, 2012October 2nd, 2012, 2:00 pm EDT
Spectacular photos there, Jesse! Looking forward to Part 2 as well to see what all you caught out there.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jesse on Oct 3, 2012October 3rd, 2012, 4:31 pm EDT
Jason - the only animals that graze the waters you see from that first pictures are the wild elk, deer, bear, and the various other animals. No cattle grazing up there or anything like that. We did run into a group of lama guides, however, but that is kind of rare and a once and while occurrence. It might have to do with the year round colder climates and weather..maybe?

Spence - I'm a graduated man brother no more school for me.

And thanks for the comments guys it really was spectacular. Once i get more fishing shots sent to me from some group members they will go up as well.
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