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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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Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 5:54 am EDT
Just wanted to be on record with that. I was going to head about 85 minutes north to fish over some BWOs, but it's snowing hard where I live and I don't feel like driving that far for no reason.
It sucks,
It sucks,
It sucks
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 5:56 am EDT

You are lucky, BWO's hatch out well in the snow.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 6:02 am EDT
I agree 100%. I haven't fished for the past two weeks. Thought about going up to Boiling Springs today to fish the NK on YB but stuck my head out the door and it's freaking cold out. I'm just sick of tying flies. Tied almost fifty Clousers over the past three days.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Crepuscular
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 6:10 am EDT
Just wanted to be on record with that. I was going to head about 85 minutes north to fish over some BWOs, but it's snowing hard where I live and I don't feel like driving that far for no reason.
It sucks,
It sucks,
It sucks


Oh come on, are you getting soft? It will be good today.
Lastchance
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Lastchance on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 3:45 pm EDT
Well, fellas, I went after all and they schooled me. I know I could have caught a bunch fishing nymphs, but I was determined to fish to dry flies. I needed the help of a good dry fly fisherman to figure it all out. It's a long, cold, sad, story so I'll spare you. I caught some fish so it was all good. I can't complain because at the same time I was fishing, my buddy was getting a stent put in one of his main heart arteries after a heart attack.
Bruce, Goose, Lastchance, Feathers5,
Fish on...
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 3:46 pm EDT
Been fishing in shirtsleeve weather to rising fish and abundant hatches for weeks now... Sorry, guys. I couldn't help myself - it's the sadistic streak in me..:)
"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
Lastchance
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Lastchance on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 6:39 pm EDT
I'm going to ignore that post and tell you how happy I am for you. HA! HA! At least I didn't get over heated. I didn't sweat so I can wear the same clothes for the next trip and I might even wear the same underwear. Nearly every day for the past 2 weeks we've been waking to anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow. It's been melting because the ground is beginning to warm, but I have to clean off my car at 6 AM each day, and it's getting old. I keep forgetting that it's still March in PA and many years this is our worst month of winter.

Fish on...
Troutnut
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 10:07 am EDT
Been fishing in shirtsleeve weather to rising fish and abundant hatches for weeks now... Sorry, guys. I couldn't help myself - it's the sadistic streak in me..:)


It's 5 degrees (Fahrenheit) here right now, and there's a loud snowplow outside pushing around the stuff that hasn't even started to melt yet.

But we did have a great northern lights show last night, so neener neener. :-P
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 2:43 pm EDT
Ha! Yes, there are blessings in all our locations (as long as there's trout). It's just that the 73 degree difference with mine is a tad more comfortable...:)LOL
"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
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 4:06 pm EDT
Wow! Jason, I guess I should count my blessings. We all have them.
Keystoner
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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Apr 2, 2013April 2nd, 2013, 5:11 pm EDT
Hmmm, seems to me that fishing in the snow is the only thing I REALLY miss about the old keystone state. But maybe that's just me.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 2, 2013April 2nd, 2013, 7:13 pm EDT
See my fishing report, guys. I have wet a line so now it is spring! Even though it feels like winter at the moment...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Apr 3, 2013April 3rd, 2013, 5:21 am EDT
Hmmm, seems to me that fishing in the snow is the only thing I REALLY miss about the old keystone state. But maybe that's just me.


I complain, but I fish every month of the year even in the snow. There's a certain solitude in the winter.
Bruce
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Apr 3, 2013April 3rd, 2013, 8:09 am EDT
There's a certain solitude in the winter.
Solitude and serenity are the words that come to mind. No cars, no bugs (that make any audible noise), no birds, and the snow muffles the sound of everything. I love it. The fish...usually not as much.
Falsifly
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Apr 3, 2013April 3rd, 2013, 8:47 am EDT
Gaining ground to the riverbank, through the knee-deep snow, I keep a close eye on the water surface. The large heavy snowflakes appeared to be hitting the water with such force as to leave rippling dimples, but the closer I got the more the optical illusion started to reveal itself. I wasn’t struck with the reality of the situation like it was a sudden revelation; it was more of a slow building manifestation that increased with each repeating heartbeat. My ticker rate, anxiety and forward progress, peaked at the moment the reality dawned on me. They say that only fools rush in, and like a fool my hurried pace had me stumbling to my knees in an attempt to get to the water faster. The trout had the surface covered with dimples from bank to bank, as they slurped the shuck hindered adult midges from their watery bonds.
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 3, 2013April 3rd, 2013, 8:54 am EDT
Winter is for skiing (especially cross-country), ice fishing, eating, drinking, and sleeping. And indoor pistol shooting (if you have facilities available). At least that's what I did this winter. Though, we rarely had decent (or enough) snow for x/c skiing and I gave up on ice fishing after drilling through two feet with my hand auger...the fly rods all get a much-needed rest, especially this year with frigid windchills below zero!

Regarding bugs, as in the kind that bite, you can almost mark your calendar around here that they will be out almost exactly one month to the day after the first real warm spell (60s and 70s F). That time of year - upon us any day now - is truly glorious, a whole month with NO MOSQUITOS where you can go anywhere and not even think about them.

It's almost here guys - except for Kurt in CA, bastard already has it! Oh well, he could get an earthquake any day now...

;oD

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

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