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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.

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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Yum...Caramel Cheesecake...Don't tell Lisa!
Spencer's Pile
Stuff
More Stuff
Still More Stuff
This is getting embarassing
Ouch!
Dinner out
Lefty & Jacklin with my friend Peter
Me, Andy Mill, and my friend Dan
Thomas Baltz and me
Casey and me!
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Oldredbarn on Jan 29, 2014January 29th, 2014, 3:21 pm EST
Eventhough I was heard to say, "If I've seen one fly shop I've seen 2 trillion-and-one of them!", I rode along with some friends to the Somerset Fly Fishing Show this past weekend.

I attended a few seminars, met with our good friend Casey, and ate just a bit too much. :) The weather was something else, but as an old Teamster I helped get us home...There were semi's off the road everywhere and one evening we had a white-out after dinner between Bellefonte and Milesburg PA.

It was great to meet with Casey. We shared some refreshment and got to know each other a bit better. She was checking out rods and sent me to a nice seminar on fishing the Yellowstone area. It was given by a Dusty Wissmath and his discussion of the Ruby was really interesting...I have always wanted to fish the Ruby, simply because Ted Turner doesn't want me to...I'm a contrarian...:)

Eric sent me a text that I should look up Thomas Baltz. He has won so many tying contests in PA he retired from them to let others have a chance. Wonderful, wonderful, flies! I had a nice conversation with him, watched him tie, and checked out his flies.

Guys from my club have been attending for years and we look for deals and purchase stuff for our raffles and annual banquet. We went out a couple evenings and had wonderful conversations and dinners.

Check it out.

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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Feathers5 on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 3:52 am EST
It looks like you were lucky to have enough money left over to buy gas for the ride home.
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Kschaefer3 on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 5:36 am EST
Sounds like an awesome time, Spence! Thanks for sharing.
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Jmd123 on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 5:59 am EST
Man, Spence, how much did you blow out there? That's quite the pile of goodies...looks like a lot of fun!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Crepuscular on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 7:01 am EST
looks like you guys raffle off some good stuff!
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Oldredbarn on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 2:18 pm EST
It looks like you were lucky to have enough money left over to buy gas for the ride home.


Well...Bruce...Once we made it to the top of those PA mountains...It was all downhill after that...The costly deal was all the windshield solvent we went through...oh...I had to keep the truck on the road.

Jonathon...The first pic below the cheese cake was my stash...I got a screaming deal on the Hardy...A good deal of that other stuff in the other pics is raffle and banquet gifts.

Spence

No one remembers Andy Mill? :)
"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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Crepuscular on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 3:06 pm EST
No one remembers Andy Mill? :)


Which one, the skier, the tarpon angler or Chris Evert's ex? ;)
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Gus on Jan 30, 2014January 30th, 2014, 5:22 pm EST
Very interested in the cheesecake!
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Jmd123 on Jan 31, 2014January 31st, 2014, 8:28 am EST
So you won most of that in raffles and the rest is banquet gifts? Wow, that's some haul! I never win anything like that in raffles, though I did once win a nice little Outfitters Bonefish Pack that became my first official sling-pack, down in my San Marcos, TX days...

That really looks like a good time. I haven't been to anything like that in some time, used to go to some great professional society conferences back in my grad school days...but they didn't raffle off stuff like that!

Jonathon

P.S. Glad you met Casey too. Always good to meet fellow Troutnuts!
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Oldredbarn on Jan 31, 2014January 31st, 2014, 3:46 pm EST
Jonathon...Slow down just a tad and "read" my posts...We purchased that stuff for the raffle we have at the club meetings of the MFFC throughout the year. We didn't win it...We also have an annual banquet in May and there are door prizes...Some of that stuff will be used for that...At our youth school we give some stuff away, at our picnic, our members school, the photo contest at our fly fishing show in March, etc...

At every meeting from September to May, two a month, we have a raffle and there is a rod in that raffle every-time...In 20plus years as a member I've won two rods...The rods come with a reel attached, tube, and sock.

I got a great deal though on that Hardy, even though it was made in Korea and not England. I got two signatures...One from Bob Clouser and Matt Supinski another Michigander.

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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Jmd123 on Jan 31, 2014January 31st, 2014, 3:55 pm EST
So that material is for future local raffles? I thought that was one hell of a lot of stuff for one person, especially the introductory tying books that I know you are decades beyond...now it makes sense, guess I didn't read the post clear enough.

"Guys from my club have been attending for years and we look for deals and purchase stuff for our raffles and annual banquet." Got it!

Jonathon

P.S. Thanks for sharing by the way, it's great to see some fly-fishing & tying stuff in the middle of this brutal cold winter. Got me thinking about pulling out the stuff, plus I need a new brown dry-fly cape...went out skiing today and the river was frozen over!

P.P.S. Did Bob sign his book? I have a copy of that one...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Troutnut on Feb 1, 2014February 1st, 2014, 4:38 pm EST
A good deal of that other stuff in the other pics is raffle and banquet gifts.


Okay good, I was getting worried there!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Oldredbarn on Feb 2, 2014February 2nd, 2014, 10:52 am EST
Jason,

Were you afraid I was going to try and jam all that stuff into my already over stuffed vest?! :)

I actually bought a sling vest last season and I'm trying to follow an old plan of action Gonzo gave me a couple years back to try and spare the back and enjoy the hiking in the stream more. Us "match-the-hatchers" can get a bit over done...I'm trying to simplify...I just turned 60 in January and need to lighten up.

How's it going up in Alaska? You ever moving back down to the Lower 48?

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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Jmd123 on Feb 2, 2014February 2nd, 2014, 3:53 pm EST
What?? Spence bought a sling pack??? How you gonna stuff 20 fly boxes in that thing, huh? Are you gonna feel insecure without your "full arsenal" (BTW, see my recent post on arsenals, or at least firing ranges in February)? Or are you really going to try joining the "minimalist school"? (My membership is most currently updated...)

;oD Just couldn't resist.

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

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