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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Dry4Flies
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Dry4Flies on Jul 24, 2013July 24th, 2013, 10:19 am EDT
Hi All,

Traveling to Southwest Idaho first of August. We'll be staying near Garden Valley and plan on visiting McCall and the surrounding areas.

I've never fly fished any of those areas. I'm looking for feedback on easily accessible streams and rivers and possibly lakes/ponds.

Any direction would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Cutbow
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Post Falls, Idaho

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Cutbow on Jul 25, 2013July 25th, 2013, 9:33 am EDT
Just throw a dart at a map and go fishing in the closest blue. Payette river will be your easiest option.
"Once you catch your first fish on a fly you won't care about any other kind of fishing!"
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Jul 26, 2013July 26th, 2013, 11:51 am EDT
Haven't got a good report for you. We are having hot days, and a water shortage. Irrigation water is being held back, and the farmers, and the fishing is hurting. I would say you are going to be confined to a high elevation lake for decent fly fishing.

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