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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Roguerat on May 3, 2014May 3rd, 2014, 5:47 am EDT
I've been on a real bender tying emergers and cripples for the past couple weeks, sort of filling in the gap between the nymphs and duns in my fly-boxes.

In lieu of 'real' cripple hooks I'm bending ex-fine, ex-long dry-fly hooks since they're more easily bent and the length accommodates a trailing shuck.

If I ever figure out how to send some pics (have to enlist my college-age girls on this one...they're waaaay more tech-savvy) I'll do so, along with a shot or two of any fish caught on these patterns. Until then, I'm at the bench since it's in the 40's and drizzling- like it's been for the past week.

tight lines,


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Wbranch on May 3, 2014May 3rd, 2014, 11:31 am EDT
Bending a light wire dry fly hook could weaken the integrity of the heat treatment and cause a break when you hook that 20" trout. I have a large number of #10 - #14 offset point light wire hooks. If you send me your address I'll sent you an assortment.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on May 3, 2014May 3rd, 2014, 12:19 pm EDT

the last 20" Brown I hooked- and landed- was also one of my first fly-caught trout, back in '87 on the Coldwater River here in MI. Lots of 16" +/- and LOTS of 'planters' since then, though.
I was worried about breakage, but thought the 'spring' in the hook shank would make up for any issues- never considered that they'd be tempered, though. I appreciate your offer, I'll pm you my address!

Mark, aka Roguerat

I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'

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