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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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Mrjesusjunk
Missoula

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Mrjesusjunk on Sep 14, 2013September 14th, 2013, 4:27 pm EDT
I collect autographs, for personal history (as it where) and not for commercial resale. This fall and next year I will be attending several conferences that will have fly fishing celebrities and need some help:

What book would you vote to have all of them signing. I am leaning towards either Compleat Angler or River Runs Through it...but I'm open to suggestions. Maybe a book that each person would have read and could sign/mark their favorite selections.
~Tight Lines.
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Sep 15, 2013September 15th, 2013, 4:29 am EDT
Id go with Trout by Ray Bergman, my absolute favorite book!!
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Sep 15, 2013September 15th, 2013, 11:15 am EDT
Dave Whitlock's "Aquatic Hatches"
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Sep 19, 2013September 19th, 2013, 3:36 pm EDT
How did you select your screen name?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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