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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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Millcreek
Healdsburg, CA

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Millcreek on Jul 23, 2014July 23rd, 2014, 5:59 am EDT
Was looking through science news today and found this. A dobsonfly adult from China with an eight inch wingspan. It can be seen here.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136329-Gigantic-Insect-Found-in-China-Will-Give-You-Nightmares
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Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Jul 23, 2014July 23rd, 2014, 7:44 am EDT
I wouldn't wade where that critter is found. The larva could bite your leg off!:)
"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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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Jul 23, 2014July 23rd, 2014, 10:51 am EDT
my wife sent me that yesterday. yup, that's a big one.
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colorado

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Gus on Jul 23, 2014July 23rd, 2014, 11:10 am EDT
not sure I have a fly rod that could cast an imitation of that thing.
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Jul 24, 2014July 24th, 2014, 1:28 am EDT
It's not only found in China the article says. Will keep my eyes peeled.

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