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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.

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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JackDaTrout on Nov 17, 2014November 17th, 2014, 11:24 am EST
Hi everyone my name is Jack and I am new to this forum. I am glad to be apart of this great forum. To start things off right. I cam across this article the other day about a great non-profit organization called Project Healing Waters. They take veterans and active military members out fly fishing to help with their physical and emotional rehabilitation. I thought it was great article and a great organization so I figured I would share it with all of you here it is.

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Falsifly on Nov 18, 2014November 18th, 2014, 5:01 am EST
Jack, thank you for bringing this to my attention.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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JackDaTrout on Nov 18, 2014November 18th, 2014, 6:32 am EST
No Problem! Glad you liked it.

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