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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.

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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Flyman2
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Flyman2 on Jan 21, 2015January 21st, 2015, 6:44 pm EST
Has anyone used pseudo marabou? If so, did it work well? How did it tie? Does it move well in the water?
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Wbranch on Jan 22, 2015January 22nd, 2015, 2:28 am EST
Never heard of it and since authentic marabou is so cheap, and effective, why would you want to use something else?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Jan 22, 2015January 22nd, 2015, 10:01 am EST
The only thing that comes to mind is 'chickabou', a natural material and pretty much the same as marabou...

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Kschaefer3 on Jan 22, 2015January 22nd, 2015, 10:05 am EST
Never heard of it and since authentic marabou is so cheap, and effective, why would you want to use something else?

I agree, and use authentic marabou...a lot! The reason one may want to use sythetics would be durability. Many folks I know who tie with a lot of synthetics state that durability is a main factor.

That said, I have never used synthetic marabou, and doubt it can have the same movement as authentic marabou.

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