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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Altoona PA

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Brassie211 on Feb 24, 2015February 24th, 2015, 12:30 pm EST
I need a better reel but don't want to spend over $120. I was looking at the Orvis Battenkill 2 but saw a different one at the shop the other day. Any suggestions?
Orvis Silver label 7ft 5w. Orvis HLS Graphite 8 1/2 ft 5w.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 24, 2015February 24th, 2015, 2:27 pm EST
Go to the Cabela's on-line catalog. They have a bunch of nice reels in your price range. Here is a nice reel on sale for $20.00. For most of the trout fishing you will be doing in PA this reel will meet your needs. It has good line capacity, isn't too heavy, and has a modern disc drag.

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Gus on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 10:29 am EST
I like to look through craigslist. You can find some really good deals on reels that would normally be out of your price range.
BUT if you said I only have $189 to spend I have some pretty good suggestions.
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