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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Dochollow on Nov 12, 2015November 12th, 2015, 6:57 am EST
I have gotten myself confused, to make a hook ride up do you put the dumbbell eyes on the top or bottom of the hook? it makes since to me to put it on top! thanks DOC.
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Wbranch on Nov 13, 2015November 13th, 2015, 9:31 am EST
The dumbbell goes on the top. Think about it; if the weight is on the top the hook should invert. However I think it will only invert if you use hooks with straight eyes. I fish Clousers often and I tie them with down eye hooks. I often look at the streamer to see how it is behaving in the water and invariably it is always riding hook point down. After seeing that I tie the materials in on the normal position rather than assuming that if the hook rides point up I would need to put the darker, or dorsal, hair on the bottom and the belly hair on the top.

Does that make any sense?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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