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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Arko
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Arko on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 4:34 pm EST
I am looking at a house which is situated above the lower Rondout Sream in High Falls, NY. Can anyone tell me if this portion of the Rondout is known to have a trout population?
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Wbranch on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 5:10 pm EST
I don't have first hand knowledge but I do fish in the Catskills and typically most every headwater stream still has wild native brook trout and going further downstream you will likely encounter wild and possibly stocked brwon trout. This link should give you alot of information.

http://www.catskillstreams.org/pdfs/rondoutsmp_summary.pdf
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Troutnut on Feb 17, 2013February 17th, 2013, 9:47 pm EST
I don't know for sure, but I kind of doubt it. Rondout Creek is supposed to be a trout stream upstream from the reservoir, and I have some pictures of it here:

http://www.troutnut.com/trout-fly-fishing-stream/31/Rondout-Creek-New_York-pictures

I fished it once, not very hard (about half an hour in a high traffic area, I didn't have much time to explore), and I saw no sign of trout. But the books say they're there.

I don't remember what the books say about the river downstream from the reservoir, but I would guess that far down there probably aren't many trout. That's just a guess, though. Maybe check with the DEC or a local fly shop for better advice.
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Wbranch on Feb 18, 2013February 18th, 2013, 4:17 am EST
Well after looking at those beautiful pictures you'd think for sure it had native brook trout in it. Was that public land or had you asked permission to fish it?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Feb 18, 2013February 18th, 2013, 4:21 pm EST
I think there was a public campground next to that spot, if I recall. It was a while ago and I wasn't there for very long.
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