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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 20, 2013April 20th, 2013, 10:59 am EDT
Saw this on Hans what his name web site and since I've heard the bug is emerging on the LJ I thought I'd tie some larvae, wet flies, and duns so if I go out I might have a chance to catch a few fish.

If anyone is interested the recipe is;

Hook - Mustad #14 9672
Thread - Uni 8/0 Black
Rib - Black 8/0 Uni
Underbody - .015" lead wire
Overbody - Peacock herl wound to within 3/16" of eye
Case - One each grizzly, barred ginger, and dark brown hackle wound to 3/16" of eye
Abdomen - Bright green Antron type chopped fur
Head - Black Haretron

I only use the peacock herl to cover the lead wraps because I'm too lazy to cover with thread - also you can see the herl buried between the palmered hackle. When you are done with the fly I put it in a pair of hackle pliers and trim it to a square case tapered smaller towards the bend of the hook.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Apr 21, 2013April 21st, 2013, 3:05 am EDT
I like the variety of colors in the hackles, which should imitate the cases effectively. Gary LaFontaine used various soft hackle feathers for this, and I'd bet that would work also.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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BoulderWork on Apr 21, 2013April 21st, 2013, 3:31 am EDT
WBranch -- thank you for the opening of your fly library. Very nice variation of LaFontaine's caddis stick larvae design.

FYI - Spring Creek yesterday - after fly tying class - spate, muddy, cold - however, still moved fish swinging streamers - not your favored form of anging. I may hit Catskills next weekend.

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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Apr 22, 2013April 22nd, 2013, 4:17 pm EDT
My buddy Travis was to the "j" Saturday and fought the high water. Not much reacting to the bugs on top in the AM however the afternoon egg laying flight was a different story.
Best fly for his morning was a bead head partridge and peacock with a heavy BHPT to get stuff down fast.

I love those caddis you posted by the way. May just have to add them to the list for my upcoming trip to your historic haunts.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 22, 2013April 22nd, 2013, 6:27 pm EDT

When are you going up again? I've decided to go up tomorrow and after opening the cabin and raking leaves for a few hours I plan to float Hale Eddy to Balls Eddy.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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