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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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MnMike on Oct 12, 2015October 12th, 2015, 10:28 am EDT
My father passed away 8 years ago and he had one heck of a collection. Unfortunately I only fly fished with him once and haven't done it in 10 years. I have given some of his items to family/friends and have just stored the rest of it in a closet. I am considering donating a rod/reel and maybe some flies/tackle to a benefit for a guy I know that has stage 4 cancer.

To be honest with you I don't know what to give and what goes with what. I also don't believe there will be that many fly fishermen at the benefit so I was just thinking of donating a nice starter set but nothing too expensive.

I was thinking of pairing together an Orvis Graphite HLS 9' 3 1/4 oz (size 5) and a Redington RS2 3/4. Does that go together or would I look like a complete rube if I combined them together. I can list other items he has if it does not go together and maybe you can help me fit a nice piece together.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Oct 14, 2015October 14th, 2015, 9:03 pm EDT
Mike, I'm not familiar with the Orvis rod, but googling it, I note some are very fond of the rod. It was a premium rod a while back. The RS2 is a nice rod for the money. If you are donating, nobody is going to complain.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Providence, RI.

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Vprinceii on Feb 13, 2016February 13th, 2016, 11:00 am EST
I got a lot of respect for you, to do that.

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