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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Roseville, CA

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GaryO on Jun 22, 2015June 22nd, 2015, 9:46 am EDT
Greetings; this morning, what I was looking for was opinions about Fenwick HMG/Aetos fly rods. Specifically, the HMG763-4 HMG 7'6" 4 piece 3wt rod. I am fairly new to fly fishing and am looking to buy my first UL rod. I will be fishing the alpine country for small brook trout and maybe some goldens. All this above 8000 feet. I have fished Fenwick rods most of my adult life and believe they offer quality rods at a fair price. What say you? Thanks...
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jun 22, 2015June 22nd, 2015, 5:02 pm EDT
Not familiar with this rod, but if you can, go to a shop and ask to cast it. If it feels right to you and you can cast well with it, nobody can make a better recommendation. Best of luck.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Jun 23, 2015June 23rd, 2015, 3:41 pm EDT
My guess is it's a fine rod. Agree with Martinlf that you should cast it, if you can. But... short rods, under 8-1/2ft, don't require the very best in graphite technology to be nice crisp casters. Over 8-1/2ft and the better the graphite (and usually more you pay) the better off you are.

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