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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 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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Report at a Glance

General RegionBath County VA
Specific LocationUpper Jackson River
Dates Fished13 October 2015
Time of Day0900-1400
Fish CaughtSmall rainbows
Conditions & HatchesLow, slow, leafy, and very clear. Plenty of hoppers in the grass. Small fry and sculpins.

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Dkinva
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Dkinva on Oct 14, 2015October 14th, 2015, 7:03 am EDT
Spent about four hours on the river. First time there and a four hour drive. As a novice I wanted to run a scouting mission to set up a longer stay so made the excuse to see the leaves, which were beautiful, and took the wife along. She's not a fly fisher person by the way and so it was a doddle trip. I carried an extra rod and lawn chair for her. I cringed every time she tried to cast it like a spinning rig. And, true to form she abandoned me after about 30 minutes and headed for the van.

I didn't make it up to the special section (a 1.7 mile hike) for the aforementioned reasons, but saw enough to see it will be worth another trip sans wife. Or, a stay in the local bed and breakfast. Ah, romance plus fishing. And, of course the section I did fish was largely devoid of fish but I did manage to pick up two small rainbows.

The river was low slow and very clear. A constant parade of leaves and failing to see any rising fish sent me to the wooly bugger. Next trip will include a day on the special section next May.

And sorry, no pictures. The wife managed the camera and I was a hundred yards away when she decided to head for the van.

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