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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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PaulRoberts on Oct 9, 2014October 9th, 2014, 10:13 pm EDT
When I tie the nymph I try to add the hind wing -all rumpled up inside the exuvia. That bit of realism turns those persnickety ones into biters, especially when fished deep. ;)
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TroutBums on Oct 11, 2014October 11th, 2014, 5:17 pm EDT
Tabled is a good idea. I feel like I'm intruding on an old established poker game without my cigars. The picture is beautiful. I came across a video that might lighten up the conversation. Although I did learn a lot from www.FlyfishingEntomology.com and Taxon.
Here is the video http://tinyurl.com/k9kwj8e
Ted Holcomb

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