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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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GaryO
Roseville, CA

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GaryO on Jul 20, 2015July 20th, 2015, 6:53 am EDT
What line would you folks suggest using while I am learning to cast? Thanks...
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jul 21, 2015July 21st, 2015, 3:47 pm EDT
You want a line that is matched to the "line weight" of the rod you will be using. Most modern fly rods have the length of the rod and the preferred line weight inscribed on the butt section of the rod near the cork. It will say something like 9' #5 or 8 1/2' #6. You want to buy a weight forward line as it will be the easiest to learn to cast. Do not buy a level line. A weight forward line means just that; most of the heavy line to effect the cast is going to be in the first 30', there will also be a nice tapered section in the very front to slim down the line and create a smooth transition from the fly line to the butt of your tapered leader.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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