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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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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Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Mar 18, 2014March 18th, 2014, 6:03 pm EDT
Made famous by Ed Hewitt, and one of my personal favorites on the stream...

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These things are tough as nails, float great and though I don't know what the trout think they are, they sure bring them to the top! CJ
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Tctrout on Mar 18, 2014March 18th, 2014, 6:08 pm EDT

Nice tie, though yours always are! I like the placement on the Medalist, too.

Thanks for sharing, and I hope all is well with you in NY.

Tim Cammisa
Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Mar 18, 2014March 18th, 2014, 6:13 pm EDT
Thanks Tim...you handsome devil! CJ
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Martinlf on Mar 18, 2014March 18th, 2014, 7:38 pm EDT
Cool tie. I haven't used these, but I'm intrigued by the tailing method.

Hi Tim, glad to see you posting here. I'm pretty busy with school--as I'll bet you are, and haven't been posting much, but hope to see you on the J this year. John's going to be hard to keep up with after all the workouts those redfish gave him in Florida.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Tctrout on Mar 19, 2014March 19th, 2014, 3:06 am EDT

It's great to talk here, too, and you always have some very informative posts. My school year is going well, and I hope yours is, too. I don't believe we got to fish together last year, so we'll have to this coming season.

I'm looking forward to seeing John, and have no doubts he'll be back in shape and ready to fish (maybe even with those HEAVY bamboo rods!).

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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Mar 19, 2014March 19th, 2014, 2:36 pm EDT
Now there's a great fly - simple, easy to tie, yet oh so buggy looking...I have a nice Whiting gold white neck, same in black, and a nice new brown neck. I can tie these by the hundreds! And I find they make a great midge imitation in the smaller sizes (#16 and below) for fish that aren't too picky. A classic that still works today!

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

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JOHNW on Mar 19, 2014March 19th, 2014, 3:03 pm EDT
That was a go to fly a few years back when I did my trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The tough part was finding hackle to tie them in a #8.
They are extremely versatile as you can fish them so many different ways and a relatively simple quick tie.
Great Photo by the way.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn

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