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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Entoman
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Entoman on Apr 15, 2016April 15th, 2016, 9:33 am EDT
You guys back East ready for the Cicada blizzards? Should provide some interesting fishing opportunities...
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Crepuscular on Apr 15, 2016April 15th, 2016, 9:58 am EDT
Where in the East are you referring? Most of PA and NY won't see any periodical cicadas this year.And the biggest brood (Brood X) we won't see until 2021. Brood V is only in a small portion of the southwest of PA. Although brood V may be important in the West Virginia.
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Entoman on Apr 15, 2016April 15th, 2016, 11:57 am EDT
Ha! More proof the Press is usually clueless in its reporting...
Washington Post posted an article today hyping the event by quoting the book of Exodus, as with the locust plague of Egypt, BILLIONS of these rascals will descend upon PA early this Summer. :)LOL
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Crepuscular on Apr 15, 2016April 15th, 2016, 7:21 pm EDT
BILLIONS of these rascals will descend upon PA early this Summer. :)LOL


http://www.magicicada.org/about/brood_pages/broods.php

I wish...but when it does occur, believe me I'll be there. It's kinda crazy.
here is photo of a 14" fish that was electrofished from Logan Branch outside of State College PA during the last Brood X emergence. I apologize if I have posted this before. but by my count there are at least 28 cicadas






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Entoman on Apr 16, 2016April 16th, 2016, 10:06 am EDT
That's the interesting info I hoped for in this thread.. What flies would you recommend to use and how to fish them... Like hoppers?
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Gutcutter on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 9:44 am EDT
What flies would you recommend to use and how to fish them...




Do these work?




I fished them dead drift. I heard of people twitching them, but I didn't see a need for that. Make sure they land with a "splat" and not a "splash".
They never got wise to the pattern, but they got wise to the leader. Had to go longer as the season progressed

I fished Central PA Brood XIV in '91 and thought it could never be better. So I took 2 weeks off to fish Brood XIV in '08, not expecting it to be as great as '91, but still good.
I was wrong. 2008 was better. By a long shot.
In pre-internet 1991, there were way fewer fishermen. We (or at least I) had better flies in '08.
The only good thing about $4.00 a gallon in '08 was that it kept a lot of folks away. But not everybody...
I'm hoping to be there in 2025
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Jmd123 on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 11:48 am EDT
Nice fly, Tony, looks like it does the job and not hard to tie either - the ideal fly! What size are we talking, 2 or 4, or larger? Streamer hook?

Jonathon

P.S. Saw the 1987 brood in northern lower MI (U of M Bio Station on Douglas Lake), but not near the Maple River to my recollection (at least where I fished) and I wasn't very good back then anyway...would love to get a crack at this hatch!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Gutcutter on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 6:17 pm EDT
Jonathan
Tiemco 5212. XL dry fly hook
Size 8 and 6

Eric. Damn that's not fair. Nice tie.
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Oldredbarn on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 6:55 pm EDT
Eric. Damn that's not fair. Nice tie.


:)

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Entoman on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 8:37 pm EDT
I knew I could count on the PA contingent! Nice fly, Tony. That'd kill em out here even without cicadas. Oh, and the adopted one's smiley face was a nice touch too...
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Entoman on Apr 17, 2016April 17th, 2016, 8:39 pm EDT
BTW, where's Bruce with some comment about these denizens flying up his nose... Or some other orifice! ;)
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Oldredbarn on Apr 18, 2016April 18th, 2016, 5:33 am EDT
BTW, where's Bruce with some comment about these denizens flying up his nose... Or some other orifice! ;)


Kurt...Bruce is a form of cicada...He only appears every other year and is buried under the ground save for those times when he's dunking under the waters surface in the Little J...He's a diving duck...Bufflehead. Grebe. Loon. :)

The smiley face was for Tony's painfully honest remark where he gave the Crespuscular One credit for the fly..."The Good Doctor", as Bruce calls him, is wonderfully old-school that way...Its hard for an old angler to be honest like that...Well done!

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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RleeP on Apr 18, 2016April 18th, 2016, 7:07 am EDT
Based on the map from Magicicada.org, this year's event is only going to touch on some of the more, umm, trout poor portions of Pennsylvania. That's OK, with even a little eastward drift or overlap of the anticipated covered area, there will some hot smallmouth topwater fishing along PA's western edge. I look forward to that.
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Crepuscular on Apr 18, 2016April 18th, 2016, 8:02 am EDT


The smiley face was for Tony's painfully honest remark where he gave the Crespuscular One credit for the fly..."The Good Doctor", as Bruce calls him, is wonderfully old-school that way...Its hard for an old angler to be honest like that...Well done!

Spence


I think he was referring to a post I deleted...
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Jmd123 on Apr 18, 2016April 18th, 2016, 10:00 am EDT
Eric, where did the fly go? Did you accidentally reveal a top-secret pattern or something? Let the cat out of the bag?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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