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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Oldredbarn on Oct 3, 2012October 3rd, 2012, 11:57 am EDT
Did we miss the passing of Bob Quigley? June 12, 2012. He was only 62. I remember when I visited the West Yellowstone area fly shops back in 1995 and his flies were very popular then out there.

Just saw the obit and a tying article by Charlie Craven in Fly Fisherman magazine.


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Sayfu on Oct 3, 2012October 3rd, 2012, 12:29 pm EDT

No, some of us did not miss it. Entoman knew it right away, and mentioned his passing. Entoman knew him well. And I have sure benefited from the patterns that Bob designed.
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Entoman on Oct 3, 2012October 3rd, 2012, 1:30 pm EDT
Yes, I knew Bob quite well and consider him a good friend. My only regret which is typical in these situations I guess, is the failure to stay in touch with him much during the years since he pulled his operation out of the Fall River area. His passing brought back many youthful memories. Even on days when I wasn't fishing with or around him, tying flies or just having fun in the evenings with him seemed always on the docket. I consider him my mentor for spring creek fishing (as he was for so many others) as well as the single biggest influence on my fly tying. So sad. He will be greatly missed...
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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