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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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 May 6, 2013May 6th, 2013, 8:18 am EDT
The June-July 2013 Fly Fisherman mag has an interesting article in it from James Prosek called, "The Diversity of Trout"...It addresses our discussions here, from time-to-time, about the issue of species etc. IMHO...It is worth the price of admission.

"Darwin expressed his frustration with the word species and questioned where to draw lines amid infinite beauty and diversity."

There are a couple other articles to spice it up...They are PA oriented :), seems to be in vogue this year :)...One on Hexagenia autrocaudata by some guy named Paul Weamer ;), and one on "Allegheny Browns". Mr Weamer is our neighbor on Penn's Creek where Eric and I bought our angler's hut this past spring...:)

Also rather timely for Spence, an article on Nectopsyche showing up in force on the Firehole and Madison.

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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