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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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TNEAL on Apr 19, 2014April 19th, 2014, 9:33 am EDT
Troutnut graciously gave me permission to make this post as a one-time semi-commercial entry.

I recently purchased a large close-out lot of capes from a former hackle grower in Arkansas. If you are interested in natural black, brown, dyed dark dun, or barred ginger capes that will tie hundreds of dries in #10-20 range as well as some streamer/bugger hackle at a more than reasonable price, please contact me. This is a one-time deal; I don't know how long they will last.

Tight lines,

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Wbranch on Apr 19, 2014April 19th, 2014, 1:02 pm EDT
Are you at liberty to tell us who this grower normally sold to? Any big names like Whiting, collins, or Metz? Would you consider the dry fly hackles to be a #1, #2, or #3 grade? PM me a price for what you consider your best grade in barred ginger and brown.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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Riograndemk on Apr 22, 2014April 22nd, 2014, 1:52 pm EDT
Tim - What quality capes have you in barred ginger and in black?
Mark Kalin, Albuquerque, 505/883-1639
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Troutnut on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 11:43 am EST
Mark, the original post by Tim was from almost a year ago. If you want to get his attention to ask about the hackle you might want to send him a private message through the forum, which will give him an email notification.
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