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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.

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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Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on Oct 26, 2015October 26th, 2015, 1:56 pm EDT
Here is some pics for you...Sorry no pics of Spence with fish...Sometimes an honest fishing report has little or no fish involved. :)

Actually there were many salmon in the river...I hooked one real steelhead...He jumped twice and blasted into some submerged crap in the river and severed our connection. Caught a couple small fish...

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Wbranch on Oct 26, 2015October 26th, 2015, 3:28 pm EDT
Nice pictures, thanks for posting. That looks like crappy fly water but great centerpinning opportunities. All you need to pin effectively is a good pin reel, a 12' - 15' rod and just enough flow to get the reel spool running and taking the float down river.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Oldredbarn on Oct 26, 2015October 26th, 2015, 3:34 pm EDT
Matt,

Those pics are of the lower river...The first pic is of the upper river. Yes the lower river is wide open and deep.

It was still dark when we started out on the upper river...I should of got more pics there, but fishing hard.

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Roguerat on Oct 29, 2015October 29th, 2015, 7:12 am EDT
Spence-

NICE! You took more than a 'three hour tour', all the way down into the marshes and all.

Pier-fishermen are a breed apart, they're out there regardless of weather it seems.

Were there any surf-fishermen on the beach? Years back I saw guys using crazy-long spinning rods, a huge pyramid weight with whatever they used for a lure or bait, and chucking the whole thing out to the farthest sand-bar or so; then they'd put the rod in a holder, sit in a lawn chair, and wait...and wait. Sure didn't look like fun to me.

Gotta' love Michigan...

Roguerat

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TimCat on Oct 30, 2015October 30th, 2015, 3:52 pm EDT
Lovely pics. Those guys seem to have to "run the gauntlet" before they even get in the river. ha
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
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Oldredbarn on Oct 30, 2015October 30th, 2015, 6:42 pm EDT
Rogue,

No surf fishermen, but I did see a couple guys sitting in lawn chairs down on the lower river with rod in a holder, just sitting there...

There seems to be a consensus among the pier boys in terms of technique etc...They all had similar rods and reels, and seemed to have their own area. I wonder how they decide which sections of the pier "belongs" to whom, etc...

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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