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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Steps25
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Steps25 on Nov 2, 2015November 2nd, 2015, 6:49 am EST
Completed a split cane rod for myself. Field tested and approved. 7 Casts, about 2 minutes to catch the first lil brown. Caught on GoPro too, I will post a vid when I can.

7'6" 5 WT
Tonkin Cane
Birdseye Maple real seat
Nickel Hardware
Silk Wraps



Enjoy

Steve
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Steps25 on Nov 2, 2015November 2nd, 2015, 6:50 am EST
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Smuggler on Nov 2, 2015November 2nd, 2015, 11:44 am EST
Doesn't get any better than that IMO.
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TimCat on Nov 2, 2015November 2nd, 2015, 3:07 pm EST
Very nice!
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Martinlf on Nov 2, 2015November 2nd, 2015, 6:00 pm EST
Impressive.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Steps25 on Nov 3, 2015November 3rd, 2015, 6:16 am EST
Thanks all. Fun project and makes the catch all that more enjoyable.
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Steps25 on Nov 9, 2015November 9th, 2015, 2:36 pm EST
Here ya go

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Wbranch on Nov 9, 2015November 9th, 2015, 2:42 pm EST
Nice job. Nice little video and I'm sure it gave you much pleasure to split the culms, plane the segments, and perform all the other steps leading up to those first casts and hooking those fat little browns. Congratulations.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Nov 9, 2015November 9th, 2015, 5:16 pm EST
Beautiful work; thanks for sharing this.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Steps25 on Nov 10, 2015November 10th, 2015, 1:22 pm EST
Beautiful work; thanks for sharing this.


Nice job. Nice little video and I'm sure it gave you much pleasure to split the culms, plane the segments, and perform all the other steps leading up to those first casts and hooking those fat little browns. Congratulations.


Thanks! Yes, definitely fulfilling to build, fish and even catch fish.
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Partsman on Nov 10, 2015November 10th, 2015, 2:15 pm EST
Thanks step25, beautiful rod and cool video. I have gotten into fiberglass rods, but watching your video I might consider taking the plunge in making my own bamboo rod. My wife will thank you later!

Mike.
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Jmd123 on Nov 10, 2015November 10th, 2015, 2:23 pm EST
Steven, that's a nice video, nice rod, and nice fishies! Gotta love those wearable cameras, makes the watcher feel like they are there! Well done and thanks for sharing.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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CaseyP on Nov 10, 2015November 10th, 2015, 3:41 pm EST
gee! that was better than...chocolate! no, really, that's one of the better videos i've seen in a long time. tells the story really well. been there, and yeah, it felt just like that!
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Steps25 on Nov 11, 2015November 11th, 2015, 5:38 am EST
Thanks step25, beautiful rod and cool video. I have gotten into fiberglass rods, but watching your video I might consider taking the plunge in making my own bamboo rod. My wife will thank you later!

Mike.


Thanks. Well, in addition to small garage shop I turned a spare bedroom into a rod shop. My girlfriend was certainly rolling her eyes when I was installing garage floor style tiles over the carpet... At least I'm protecting the carpet. So now you can tell your wife "at least I'm not doing what this crazy guy did"

Steven, that's a nice video, nice rod, and nice fishies! Gotta love those wearable cameras, makes the watcher feel like they are there! Well done and thanks for sharing.

Jonathon


Thanks! Fish on!

gee! that was better than...chocolate! no, really, that's one of the better videos i've seen in a long time. tells the story really well. been there, and yeah, it felt just like that!


Appreciate the feedback!

Steve
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Crepuscular on Nov 15, 2015November 15th, 2015, 4:22 am EST
Steps25, nice video. how long have you been making rods?
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Feathers5 on Nov 16, 2015November 16th, 2015, 5:04 am EST
Nice video, thanks.
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Steps25 on Nov 17, 2015November 17th, 2015, 6:01 am EST
Steps25, nice video. how long have you been making rods?


Thanks, Rods for several years but bamboo is relatively new to me. I've been calling this my first rod but that not really true, A couple years ago I got into it, spent a lot of time with tooling, forms, practicing etc. Had hand surgery which derailed me for a long time but got it back going again this past year and have been pretty active with it.

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