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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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Ribbleman
Lancashire, England

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Ribbleman on Feb 9, 2014February 9th, 2014, 11:23 am EST
I thought i would introduce myself, my name is Ray and im a fishing nut from the UK.
I hope you dont mind me joining your forum.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 9, 2014February 9th, 2014, 10:57 pm EST
Hello Ribbleman,

Sure we are happy to have a new Troutnut. Welcome to the Forum.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Feb 10, 2014February 10th, 2014, 3:13 am EST
Welcome, Ray, good to have you with us.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Feb 10, 2014February 10th, 2014, 3:27 am EST
Greetings Ray. Welcome to the forum.
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Feb 10, 2014February 10th, 2014, 4:55 am EST
The more the merrier. Welcome.
Ribbleman
Lancashire, England

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Ribbleman on Feb 12, 2014February 12th, 2014, 11:29 am EST
Thanks for the warm welcome everybody
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 12, 2014February 12th, 2014, 11:59 am EST
Hi Ray,

Do you fish mostly stillwaters or do you fish some moving water and if so do you fish for trout, grayling, or barbel? I know barbel fishing is like a science in the UK and some streams have quite large fish.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Ribbleman
Lancashire, England

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Ribbleman on Feb 16, 2014February 16th, 2014, 7:50 am EST
Thanks everybody for the kind welcome.
I fish stillwaters for trout and rivers and streams for Trout, Grayling, Salmon mostly.
Having said that i do fish for Barbel and other freshwater fish occasionally
Ray
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 16, 2014February 16th, 2014, 2:14 pm EST
Do you fish any of the fabled chalk streams like the Test, Avon, and Itchen? I look at short videos of them on YouTube and they all seem lovely. It looks like the banks are manicured in some plaes so you can cast easier. It appears no one ever wades, is wading illegal and if so is it to lessen destruction of the weed beds and aquatic insect life?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Ribbleman
Lancashire, England

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Ribbleman on Feb 17, 2014February 17th, 2014, 10:24 am EST
No i have never fished any of the streams you mention, they are all in the south of the country.
The rivers and streams i fish mostly are freestone in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
If you look on youtube, some of the rivers i fish are Hodder, Ribble, Calder,Wharfe, Aire, Ure, Dove, to name some
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Feb 19, 2014February 19th, 2014, 12:37 pm EST
Ah! Oliver Edwards country. He is thought of highly over here.

BTW - welcome to the forum!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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