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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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Greglindsey
Corry. PA

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Greglindsey on Dec 29, 2013December 29th, 2013, 4:54 am EST
I just got a new william and Joseph confluence pack. I am setting it up and I am having trouble keeping my tools from getting stuck to the magnets. If anyone has any tips please share them.

Thanks
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Dec 31, 2013December 31st, 2013, 8:36 am EST
I'd bet none of us has the pack, so we don't know exactly what you're dealing with. Older W&J packs had pigtail zingers. If you have tools on them that are giving you problems you might try the reel type zingers and place them as far from the magnets (but still in reach) as possible. Good luck; typically these sorts of things get worked out in time.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Greglindsey
Corry. PA

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Greglindsey on Jan 11, 2014January 11th, 2014, 10:22 am EST
Does anyone have anymore tips that I can try on the pack.
Stokes
Columbia county,NY

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Stokes on Jan 11, 2014January 11th, 2014, 2:09 pm EST
Remove the magnets?
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 11, 2014January 11th, 2014, 2:36 pm EST
This comment is off track but I just learned yesterday that swing packs work only with right handers. If you are a lefty and use a swing pack when you swing it around your torso the zipper is on the bottom. I'm glad I read that as I've been tempted to buy one.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jan 13, 2014January 13th, 2014, 6:35 am EST
You just got the latest Fly Fisherman magazine, didn't you? ;oD

I read the article and thought, well, somebody has to design one for "southpaws" then, huh? They're making bolt action and AR rifles for lefties now, why not a sling pack? I use one - the original Orvis Sling Pack (they've modified it at least once by now) - and I love it. Holds just enough stuff and stays out of the way once you're done fiddling around in it.

Again, just my 2 cents, works for me...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 13, 2014January 13th, 2014, 10:54 am EST
"You just got the latest Fly Fisherman magazine, didn't you? ;oD"

Yep. I guess that is where I saw it. I've been getting FFM since it first came out in the mid to late 1960's. I've already given away one complete set from Vol 1 Number 1 to sometime in the early 1990's and another set from the 1990's to around 2009. I give them away hope someone else can enjoy them.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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