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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionOhio
Specific LocationSteelhead Alley
Dates Fished4/5/2013 and 4/6/2013
Fish CaughtSteelhead
Conditions & HatchesCFS on the drop.

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Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 10, 2013April 10th, 2013, 6:25 am EDT
I took a trip down to fly fish the famous Steelhead Alley with a few friends. The trip was cut short to 2 days. Still, we managed to get some decent footage... enough to make a short music video anyway. I hope you enjoy it.

It has been a long winter in the U.P. this year. It was nice to escape to somewhere not covered in 3 feet of snow and get back into some slob trout.

Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Apr 10, 2013April 10th, 2013, 2:12 pm EDT
Very nice video, James. Thanks. Who is the singer and the song?
Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 11, 2013April 11th, 2013, 5:33 am EDT
Thanks. Eddie Vedder - Society.
Kschaefer3
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Apr 11, 2013April 11th, 2013, 5:40 am EDT
Nice fish, Jim! Glad you could get out and find some, or at least find some open water.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 11, 2013April 11th, 2013, 1:19 pm EDT
Sweet video man!! Always enjoy your stuff! Hey, did you sneak up on that one lying real still next to that log? Nice!!

Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Apr 11, 2013April 11th, 2013, 1:57 pm EDT
Great video, Jim. What really stands out to me as a westerner (besides your usual great fish) is the stark bleakness of the landscape. All is a shade of dull brown - even the stream bottom! Hard to believe that in a few short months that same area will be lush and green. Winters are hard on your country...
"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
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 12, 2013April 12th, 2013, 9:23 am EDT
Kurt, you are right about that! We do have conifers around here but it gets pretty dull and gloomy in the "cold season". I don't even know if we should refer to four seasons anymore, it's either COLD or WARM and that determines, for me, if I'm doing "winter" (x/c skiing & ice fishing) or "summer" (everything else incl. flyfishing) activities anymore. (Of course there are these ugly "transitional" periods we go through, like the one right now...) Once we FINALLY get our first REAL warm spell things will turn lush and green almost overnight and be almost dizzying. I get almost high off of it, like the intense scent of apple or lilac blossoms on a warm spring night.

Uh...OK...sorry, dreaming again! Looking out at ice and snow, thinking of Hennies and caddis...I haven't even gotten out my vise yet, and I've already wet a fly line!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 13, 2013April 13th, 2013, 5:43 am EDT
Thank you Kyle. This area of Ohio reminded me a bit of the lower peninsula... or as we call it... downstate. Open wooded areas... lots. Very brown and dull in the spring. Very few conifers.

@Adirman, yes the water was incredibly low and clear... surprisingly cold as well. I saw a darker shape next to the log. It may have been spooked at one time.

@Entoman, it was refreshing going there and seeing no snow, signs of winter and walking on grass. Upon our return, the snow up here was about 3/4 gone. Then last night, another FOOT of snow. UGH!
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Apr 13, 2013April 13th, 2013, 6:28 am EDT
Hey Jim. I'm 59 so I missed out on Eddie Vedder. I love music and I was listening to his stuff. It's great and I'm going to get me some. Thanks for broadening my artistic horizon.
Bruce
Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 15, 2013April 15th, 2013, 11:30 am EDT
Hey Lastchance. Glad I could help. He is by far my favorite artist. I have everything he has ever done. That's great you enjoy his music.
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Apr 15, 2013April 15th, 2013, 2:16 pm EDT
Ha! Me too Bruce. I only know about Seattle "grunge" and Pearl Jam (Vedder was their lead singer) because I had teenagers at home at the time.:)
"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
Fishermans
uk

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Fishermans on May 7, 2013May 7th, 2013, 4:01 am EDT
great video.
A bad days fishing is better than a good day at work!
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Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 6:35 am EDT
I tie a winter-black size twelve stonefly nymph pattern I made myself. I usually use an egg pattern with lighter natural colors with mcflyfoam. Also, I used a few streamers from a friend. They are a fantastic tie... almost felt bad using them, they looked so nice. I have no idea of the name of them.

Thanks. I wish we had more time to fish but... the time we had we made the most of it.

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