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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Fredw on Aug 17, 2013August 17th, 2013, 6:55 am EDT
Can someone please ID this Ode for me , thanks


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Taxon on Aug 17, 2013August 17th, 2013, 4:33 pm EDT
Hi Fred-

I believe it to be an andromorph female Rhionaeschna multicolor. Incidentally, it would certainly help (when requesting an id) if you were add your state or province of residence to your profile.
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Fredw on Aug 17, 2013August 17th, 2013, 9:19 pm EDT
Thanks Roger for the ID and the incidental. My Bad


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Taxon on Aug 18, 2013August 18th, 2013, 7:06 am EDT
Thanks, Fred. I now rest easier through knowing that you reside in Western North America, as opposed to Eastern North America, which would have precluded the likelihood of Rhionaeschna multicolor being the correct id. :-)
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Crepuscular on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 9:28 am EDT
Hey Fred nice photo of a really cool bug.
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Oldredbarn on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 8:21 pm EDT
Roger...I saw a dragonfly on the Madison last week that looked like a small helicopter! I unfortunately didn't get a pic, but wow, can those things get big! I had, clumsily, just entered the river and spooked a two-footer from out behind a large boulder...I said to myself, "What a way to start a morning of fishing Spence! You klutz!"

Spence
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Taxon on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 9:19 pm EDT
Hi Spence-

Yeah, we've got some adult dragonfly species in the PNW that have a body length of well over 3 inches. Man, those are big suckers. :-)
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Jmd123 on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 3:16 am EDT
"...I saw a dragonfly on the Madison last week..."

Uh-oh, sounds like we have a fishing report (or 5) coming from Spence. Expect Troutnut to be flooded with an accumulation of "fish porn", scenery, and perhaps a few photos of a gourmet meal or two... ;oD

BTW, that is just a beautiful dragonfly. I have actually been seeing guidebooks to dragonfly watching with binoculars, with particularly distinctive species illustrated in nice color photos...bird watching for the fly-fishing crowd!

Jonathon
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Oldredbarn on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 2:33 pm EDT
Had a weird one today....I'm in Cooke City Montana and was sitting on a bench in front of a store my wife was shopping in bullshitting with a local old-timer about grizzlies (more about my face-to-face with one when I get home).

There were flowers in front and a large hummingbird/moth ? flew up and started hitting the flowers for nectar. It was huge! At first I thought hummingbird, but now I'm leaning towards some sore of "hummingbird moth"...

Itt seemed unaffected by us and I think of hummingbirds as skittish around folk. I could almost see wing beats and it looked really weird...

Roger! Do you guys out this way grow everything big?! :)

My 2nd grizz of the trip was spotted as we drove through the park at 4:00/5:00am in the dark...Well there was a full moon. It is one strange trip to drive through Yellowstone in the dark...We had to be in Gardiner at 7:00 to float the Yellowstone with Walter Wiese. He crossed rather quickly and disappeared in to the woods.

Driving the Beartooth Hwy tomorrow...We got lucky. They just reopened it this afternoon as we drove in to town...Closed a couple days due to a large fire...Fires were popping up everywhere out here over the last few days.

Spence

"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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Taxon on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 5:40 pm EDT
Roger! Do you guys out this way grow everything big?! :)


No, Spence. You must be thinking of Texas. :-)
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Roger Rohrbeck
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