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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Clarkesville GA, USA. (North Georgia)

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Justin483 on Jan 15, 2015January 15th, 2015, 3:58 am EST
The seasons here for the monstrous Midge's. Lol. I've got a bunch of interesting Classics and variations I've been tying. Is anyone interested in wanting a few patterns.
Or if anyone just wants to stop by and talk shop, I'm always more than happy with that.
How's everyone's Winter been so far on the water? What are some of your productive patterns this year? I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like, but I've been hitting a few lows myself. I'm hoping to turn that around with the help from a few of you.

- Justin A.
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RMlytle on Jan 18, 2015January 18th, 2015, 6:21 pm EST
I just wish there was enough open water right now to fish over a midge hatch! The only streams with any open water are either very small springs or the first few miles of the Farmington River.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 18, 2015January 18th, 2015, 8:17 pm EST
Went looking for some midge activity in PA today, but nada. We caught some on zebra midges, as well as some other nymphs, but no activity on the top. Too cold and grey.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Clarkesville GA, USA. (North Georgia)

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Justin483 on Jan 19, 2015January 19th, 2015, 3:49 am EST
I need to make that seine net. Lol
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Jan 19, 2015January 19th, 2015, 5:14 am EST
I fished both days this weekend (both days were above freezing) hoping for midges. No surface activity. I found a really nice wintering pool, though. My friend and I caught 6 fish total from it on streamers. I'd like to think we could have nymphed out way more than that, but we never tried, so I can't say for sure.

Justin - I agree on the seine net. I need to start surveying the drift better, and it would be nice to be able to catch flying bugs.

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