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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Six different KBF variants - all have worked!
Original silver and grey
Copper and brown - hooked my biggest brown trout ever on this one! (Sadly, lost it too...)
The Rainbow Variant!
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Jmd123 on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 8:50 am EDT
Kyle was wondering what my KBF actually looks like, so I took a few shots with my little pocket digital so he could see. As you can see, this is a fly that is amenable to endless variations! And, was originally modeled off the old Comet steelhead fly but with a somewhat different mix of materials, the grizzly marabou tail being the most important in my opinion. Some of you may already have tied these under a different name (eh, Kurt?).

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 9:04 am EDT
Mack, KBF stands for "Killer Bass Fly", a name it got after I landed a 20", 5.5 lb. largemouth on it in Texas back in 2005. I tie these on a #10 standard streamer hook (e.g., Mustad 9672 or equivalent), but larger sizes work well too, and the bead chain can be substituted for heavier dumbbell-type eyes or brass, tungsten, etc. for deeper situations. But, the bead chain actually adds a tiny element of sound, from the nubbins of the cut chain rattling around in the beads. All I can say is that this is my best streamer pattern and I have gotten some nice trout on them over the past two years, not to mention warmwater species too!

Jonathon

P.S. I posted the recipe on here a few years ago, do a search for "KBF".
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Kschaefer3 on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 9:44 am EDT
Thanks, Jonathon. I tie a similar fly for early season trout. Marabou tail, sparkle braid body, thick deer hair collar and deer hair head. Some with no eyes, some with bead chain, some with dumbbell. I like the slimmed down profile for picky trout in cold situations. I tie mine in sizes 4-8 in this style. I tend bigger on streamers. I have been finding out, there really isn't a streamer too big for trout. The key is speed and depth.

Mack - Kentucky Bluegrass Festival works for me too! I love getting down to some banjo pickin'!
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Jmd123 on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 1:47 pm EDT
Mack, I use Krystal Flash for the tinsel, but Flashabou would work just fine too. I like the "twistiness" of Krystal Flash because I think it kinda looks like fish scales.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Entoman on May 8, 2013May 8th, 2013, 2:09 pm EDT
Some of you may already have tied these under a different name (eh, Kurt?).

:):)LOL No comment.... (inside joke, guys)

Fishy looking flies, Jonathon. I can see why you have confidence in them.
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