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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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Canyon7 on Oct 22, 2015October 22nd, 2015, 4:15 am EDT
Howdy folks, I bought some fly rods and reels a few years ago from a sportsman warehouse going out of business, now I need line for my reels. I mostly fish for trout and grayling here in AZ. I assume I ought to have a floating line if I'm dry fly fishing?
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Wbranch on Oct 23, 2015October 23rd, 2015, 12:53 pm EDT
Almost all modern fly rods have the length and preferred line weight printed on the butt section near the cork grip. See what line weight they recommend. Yes, if you are going to dry fly fish you always want to use a floating line. You can also fish wet flies, nymphs, and streamers with a floating line by either adding weight to the fly when it is tied or adding split shot to the leader.

If you plan to fish streamers and nymphs often you might want to consider a sink tip fly line.
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Canyon7 on Nov 3, 2015November 3rd, 2015, 6:53 am EST
Thanks for the great help and advice wbranch, I appreciate it
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MiltRPowell on Nov 4, 2015November 4th, 2015, 3:43 pm EST
Canyon 7, Whatever you decide on line, fishing wet, dry, whatever. Have fun with it, & you'll find your own rewards...
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Gilsau on Jul 11, 2016July 11th, 2016, 2:27 pm EDT
welcome as me dude! haha

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