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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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FFTX
Hawkins TX

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FFTX on May 6, 2013May 6th, 2013, 3:50 pm EDT
Hey folks I am an avid fly fisherman I love the bluegill and panfish in the lakes around here but have recently stepped up to the trout plate in Oklahoma on the lower Mtn. Fork river. This past weekend I witnessed trout surfacing on emergers that are hatching right now. This is all well and good but I have used a double nymph rig the whole day and switched over to an emerger pattern without the indicator. I am new to trout and thought that the low sinking emerger would have or at least I thought it would have been pretty easy to see the strike on and it was but the reaction time was oh so slow! I am wondering if anyone has any tips on reaction time and when and where to use dry flies I know the best time to use them is when the trout are surfacing, I guess I am wondering is there better times to load up on dry flies or not? Thanks for the help I will keep checking back to see what you all think.

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