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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.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Tctrout
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Tctrout on Sep 23, 2015September 23rd, 2015, 3:27 pm EDT
*I believe this is the right forum to post this to; if not, I apologize!*

I know many on this forum are in the PA area. If you can get to Spruce Creek, PA this Saturday, be sure to check out Don Ward's presentation on bamboo fly rods at Performance Flies.

Details: Don will be @ Performance Flies this Saturday at 10:00 a.m to give a demo on how to make a bamboo fly rod from a raw culm of bamboo. Plus, there will be pastries and coffee from the bakery next door. He'll also have rods to cast and fish after the demo...be sure to check this free event out!

Performance Flies is located across the parking lot from the Spruce Creek Tavern, right next door to the Spruce Cake Bakery.

TC
Tctrout
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Tctrout on Sep 25, 2015September 25th, 2015, 2:29 am EDT
Correction: Performance Flies is located across the parking lot from the Spruce Creek Tavern, right next door to the Spruce CREEK Bakery.

Also, this is a free presentation...

TC
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Sep 25, 2015September 25th, 2015, 5:47 am EDT
Is that shop open to the public?
Tctrout
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Tctrout on Sep 25, 2015September 25th, 2015, 4:47 pm EDT
It is now; Kevin used to be more mail order, but decided to open a fly shop that specializes in fly tying material. I would check out his website or call for hours. Though they will be open tomorrow for Don's presentation...
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Martinlf on Sep 26, 2015September 26th, 2015, 5:11 am EDT
Yes, check with Kevin. From what I understand in the past he was open only at specific times for walk in business. It's a great shop with some hard-to-find materials, all top quality. And Kevin has some very interesting fly patterns.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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