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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on Apr 5, 2014April 5th, 2014, 7:45 pm EDT
Spring has arrived. Nice to see some upright wings and wild fish looking up!



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Taxon on Apr 5, 2014April 5th, 2014, 10:02 pm EDT
Eric-

Ephemerella subvaria female subimago?
Best regards,
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Crepuscular on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 3:59 am EDT
Eric-

Ephemerella subvaria female subimago?


Yes. I can't tell you how happy I was to see them.
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Catskilljon on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 8:29 am EDT
Ohh man...I guess it had to happen soon somewhere. In the Catskill's, things are not looking as promising, at least for a few more weeks. I took some stream temps Saturday and didn't find any water over 36*. The ground water table is max full, and with 14" of snow on the headwater stream banks and air temps in the 20's at night, I don't predict even the quill gordons will show for a while.

How about some trout pics too Eric? :) CJ
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Jmd123 on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 9:39 am EDT
Yes, Eric, and how exactly was the fishing? We're gonna be slow around here for a while...show us some inspiration!

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 Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 12:47 pm EDT
The fishing was excellent. I didn't take too many pics of fish. I caught a bunch and they were all nice wild fish.




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JOHNW on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 2:54 pm EDT
I'll vouch for Eric's report. I followed it up today and every fish was caught on top on either Hendrickson or Grannom.
Now if I could just figure out how to put photos in an existing thread.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
Catskilljon
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Catskilljon on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 4:41 pm EDT
You guys are my hero's! Thanks for the pics and reports, wont be long for us guys fishing up north! CJ
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Oldredbarn on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 5:21 pm EDT
If I weren't so fond of Eric and John I'd be jealous. :)

Good stuff boys! I know I feel just a tad warmer and hopeful.

Spence

Both of them sent me pics and I don't have a photo account anywhere or I'd post them for John...Should work on getting one. These boys are blessed to call the Cumberland home...It always seems to be a few weeks ahead of my neck of the woods.
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PaulRoberts on Apr 6, 2014April 6th, 2014, 7:01 pm EDT
Ahhhhhhhh. I can feel the joy and relief from here.
Jmd123
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Jmd123 on Apr 7, 2014April 7th, 2014, 12:58 pm EDT
Pretty fish Eric! Those browns seem particularly crisp when they come out of cold waters. Any sizeable ones?

I just finished taking a walk on the trails along the lower Au Sable. LOTS of snow in some parts of the woods, not much to none in others. I don't expect to be seeing Hennies for a little while yet around here...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Gus on Apr 14, 2014April 14th, 2014, 7:56 am EDT
Beautiful fish!
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"By taking him fishing"

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