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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Ffly on Mar 24, 2016March 24th, 2016, 11:43 pm EDT
Hello everyone.

This season I'm going to start fishing with a rig consisting of an emerging midge in the surface film and a buzzer a couple of feet below.
I'll be fishing in stillwater or very slow deep water when the fish are eating near the surface. So basically still water fly fishing.

My plan is pretty much to get the rig out in the water where I think the fish will be patrolling and just keep it there and give it small movements now and then.

Since I'll be not casting that much and have the flies in the water for maybe 10 minutes or more at a time it is crucial that the emerger really floats and doesn't sink after 5 minutes...

How should I tie the emerger to be able to sit nicely in the surface for long periods of time and with a buzzer tied to it?

I was thinking of a basic shuttlecock pattern with a foam thorax, would that do the trick?

Like this one but with foam in the thorax.

Or should I do the entire body in foam perhaps?
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Alanson, MI

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TimCat on Mar 28, 2016March 28th, 2016, 5:37 pm EDT
I would guess a foam thorax would keep it up in the surface long enough. You could also try using elk or deer hair for more buoyancy, instead of the cdc wing used in that video.
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Mar 28, 2016March 28th, 2016, 7:42 pm EDT
The Sprout Midge floats really well and is an easy tie. If you tie it with a foam post, it would float even better. I've had good success fishing this pattern on the spring creeks I usually fish.

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