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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.

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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Catskilljon
Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Feb 24, 2015February 24th, 2015, 5:17 pm EST

From Bergman's book "TROUT"
Mallard flank wings, those feathers give me fits most times!

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CJ
PaulRoberts
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Feb 24, 2015February 24th, 2015, 6:40 pm EST
Pretty!! Wow.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 24, 2015February 24th, 2015, 6:42 pm EST
Are the tail fibers natural or synthetic? Nicely divided mallard segment wings.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Crepuscular
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 3:24 am EST
As always CJ, absolutely gorgeous!
MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 5:42 am EST
Some nice fly there CJ. Looks like one in the book I sent ya, but by Allen Parson, hope you got it by now.
A blind man peaking threw muddy water could see that fly hook a nice brown. But that is so for alot of your flies. You got vision this I know,cause it shows up in everyone of your post I see. Your flies are almost to nice ta fish buddy, but I'll try ta cast them well, hook, land, & watch them swim back home.
Milt.
When dressing dry-flies,we must always keep in mind
the fish's point of view rather then our own.
Romilly Fedden
Golden Days (1919)
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 6:47 am EST
Sure wish I could split wings that neatly. Still working on it after all those years. Nice work!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Catskilljon
Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 1:42 pm EST
Are the tail fibers natural or synthetic? Nicely divided mallard segment wings.


Natural Matt...always natural. Collins spade.

Thanks guys! CJ
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 2:32 pm EST
CJ,

Do you put in one clump of wings, tie them in vertical, and then separate them with a bodkin, or some other tool, and then figure 8 them with the thread?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Catskilljon
Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 4:48 pm EST
CJ,

Do you put in one clump of wings, tie them in vertical, and then separate them with a bodkin, or some other tool, and then figure 8 them with the thread?


Two feathers, convex sides together, pinch and bind them down, lift them up and build a small dam in front then figure 8 them straight up. Trim any stray fibers. Mallard is not my favorite flank, there is a lot of sorting to find 2 even feathers for wings. Thanks, CJ
Creno
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Feb 25, 2015February 25th, 2015, 6:56 pm EST
a little off topic but what is the background? I thought it was a pretty cross-section of something but don't understand the three holes. Whatever it is - it is very appropriate!

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