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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 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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LowBudget on Apr 1, 2014April 1st, 2014, 4:36 pm EDT
Cell Phone / iPod / iPad DIY Photo-Microscope (aka Smart-D-Scope)

A couple of weeks back I mentioned using cell phones, iPod Touch, and iPads with a $1.00 lens as a way to take dissecting microscope-like quality pictures.

I have been playing around with them and have built several different models that work. I have also used them with my high school students. (My school owns enough iPod Touch devices that I can supply one for each lab group.)

Students have taken to them like trout take to a hex hatch! Even students who are not normally engaged like the idea that something they have can take close up pictures of things that make ordinary stuff look scary.
New! I have put directions that I have written on how to build your own Smart-D-Scope for less than $8.00 at;


I have posted some of my pictures on Flickr


This is no April fool’s joke!

Low Budget Fly Tying and Fishing author of "Behind the Fly"
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Apr 1, 2014April 1st, 2014, 8:35 pm EDT
Thanks for sharing, Ed! I have both devices and will give it a go.
"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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