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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.

Dorsal view of a Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Straight, ironed zelon...BRF actually has women who iron it straight.
Spence trying to steal some flies from Craig Mathews...:)
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Oldredbarn on Jun 16, 2015June 16th, 2015, 10:24 am EDT
I had a really hectic May and haven't been able to post here, so I'm making up for lost time...Poor you! :)

I have to get speakers for the MFFC meetings and the banquet we have in May.

I was lucky enough to talk Craig Mathews from Blue Ribbon Flies fame...and the Sparkle Dun, and the X-Caddis, etc...to speak at our banquet. He grew up here in Michigan and has a couple Master's degrees from MSU in Lansing.

He stayed here with my wife and I and she made a lasagna dinner the night before the banquet evening and we had a great time sitting around the dinner table listening to his fishing stories.

Actually, his stories of his time as the chief of police in West Yellowstone need to be put in a book. They are hilarious! He could be our next Voelker and "Trout Madness"...I won't ruin his stories, if they do make it to print, but the night he met Jack Gartside, now that story for sure needs to be written down...I laughed my ass off!

Anyway...It was great to have him here. He did a tying class for about 25 of us and then did a talk at our banquet on some of the less visited fishing spots in Yellowstone Park...Great pictures.


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