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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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New Mexico, United States

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Mcflyangler on Jun 9, 2016June 9th, 2016, 4:55 pm EDT
The CDC Dry Fly Midge is a perfect imitation for a midge hatch. These tiny flies are fairly easy to tie if you have good eyes, and do really well tandem behind a Griffith's gnat or larger dry fly. They are also really quick to tie, so you can make up dozens of them in an hour for your next trip. Don't be caught off guard by the next midge hatch! keep these in your box at all times!

Hook: Daiichi 1110 size 26 (any 1x length dry fly hook will work) regularly tied from size 20-32.

Thread: 8/0 thread in black, or any color you want to tie this in. Regularly tied in gray, brown, olive and cream.

Hackle: The top feathers of a dry fly cape. These are very small hackle feathers, specifically for small midge flies.

Wings: CDC Feathers. I used "natural dun" color, but common colors are white, brown, and gray.

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Chatsworth, CA

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Frusso on Nov 24, 2018November 24th, 2018, 4:42 am EST
Nice, easy pattern. Looks promising, so I will be tying some up for the Sierras.
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Iasgair on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 10:46 am EST
Looks like I'll be busy tonight tying flies.

Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 1:30 pm EST
Try Tiemco 2488's for midges. Good gap. I also like the Varivas 2300 midge hook, but the wire is a bit light in the smallest sizes. I've broken one and bent another on heavier fish.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jawyellowba on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 7:58 pm EST
Great vid man! Keep up the great work.

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