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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Jul 3, 2007July 3rd, 2007, 5:11 am EDT
one of my fondest memories is of fishing a small, warm, silty little suburban stream in W Phila suburbs and in a single day catching brown trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, creek chubs, roach, sunfish and even a juvenile tiger muskie that must have swum up from the resevoir below. We also saw some carp but couldnt entice them with our woolly buggers. Would love to hear of similar experiences.
I am haunted by waters
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Jul 3, 2007July 3rd, 2007, 5:39 am EDT
James, I'm pretty sure I know the stream you mention. (The tiger muskie from the reservoir gave it away.) In my neighborhood, both the Yellow Breeches and the Conodoguinet provide similar variety. On the Breeches, in addition to stocked rainbows, brooks, and browns, there are wild trout around the spring creek feeders (as there are on the Connie) and smallmouth, largemouth, pickerel, bluegills, redbreasts, pumpkinseeds, sunfish hybrids, rock bass, fallfish, chubs, shiners, suckers, and carp. I don't pursue mixed bag fishing as much as I used to, but it can be fascinating and refreshing. As a kid on the Breeches, I used to delight in seeing how many different species I could catch in a day.
Mcjames
Cortland Manor, NY

Posts: 139
Mcjames on Jul 3, 2007July 3rd, 2007, 5:56 am EDT
Man I only fished Yellow Breeches once, when I was about 12... my friend's dad took us, and we spent all day on some little feeder stream right by the parking lot that was swarming with trout..we never even made it to Yellow Breeches proper... my friend's dad still teases us about fishing in "the aquarium" when there was a famous trout stream just a few yards away... I would love to go back for a mixed-bag outing.

The stream I was talking about is called Crum Creek, it forms the Springton Lake Reservoir in Delaware County. I am impressed you know about it-- have never seen another fisherman on it above the reservoir(which is not surprising I guess it isnt much of a stream). However I have caught occasional brownies there since I was a kid and I recently found a population study on the web that documented a (small) wild trout population.
I am haunted by waters
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
GONZO on Jul 3, 2007July 3rd, 2007, 4:30 pm EDT
James,

That "little feeder stream" you mention sounds like it would have to be the Little Run here in Boiling Springs. It's the outlet of Boiling Springs Lake and it connects with the Breeches a bit below the parking lot. It's a part of the special regulation section of the Breeches and was probably designated "Fish-for-Fun" when you were there.

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