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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionCentral New York
Specific LocationNine mile creek Marcellus, New York
Dates FishedMay 17 2015
Time of DayEarly morning
Fish Caught5 Brown trout
Conditions & HatchesWater high and murky

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Darcfly on May 19, 2015May 19th, 2015, 4:31 pm EDT
I am new to the forum and have only been fly fishing for 2 years. In that time I have set goals for myself that I feel have given me the drive to become a successful fly fisherman. This past Sunday I achieved my most recent goal of catching the daily limit of 5 fish,on my favorite local stream, Nine mile creek. I arrived around 6am with my brother to find the water higher than normal and murky. I knew fishing would not be easy but I am not one to give up. I went to a spot that I know always holds fish. There is a seam about 2ft wide by 20 ft long.I tied on a big black bead head stonefly. It took quite a few casts to get my first fish. It was between 13-14 inch Brown. After that I kept getting fish on till I caught 5. I was thrilled because prior to this my best was 3 fish in one outing. Also I lost a couple but that's ok. For me this is a major accomplishment that I'm proud of. The next goal I want to reach is hook and land a salmon. I have caught two steel head. Last fall I hooked up many salmon but they kept getting off the hook. I think I wasn't setting the hook good enough. We will see what this year brings.
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Troutnut on May 21, 2015May 21st, 2015, 11:37 am EDT
Welcome to the site, and congratulations on your first time catching your limit!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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