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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.

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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Almost lost this guy in the logs
Second biggest of the night
Can't have a post without wildflowers!  Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) just starting to bloom
Forget-me-not (Myosotis sp.)
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Jmd123 on Jun 13, 2016June 13th, 2016, 9:02 pm EDT
Well, after last week's disasters, I had to get back in the saddle. With a brand new set of waders and boots, courtesy Nordic Sports in Tawas (got to try them on, something you can't do online), I headed back to the Rifle where my previous water pants blew out on me. No really major hatches, but quite a variety of insects on the water, some caddis flies flitting about and some mayflies riding the current. Well, it was enough to get them feeding, and I think I caught about 20, having lost count somewhere after 6...first on a #12 grey EHC, then switched to my last Iso imitation and started to REALLY hammer them, including a 15-incher who went into some wood and wrapped, then came flying back out when I went in to untangle him, still on the fly! Got a few little rainbows including a 9 1/2-incher that went airborne several times. When I lost that fly - I have the pattern memorized so I just need to tie 'em - I put on a #12 Adams and continued to catch fish...

Best night on the Rifle this year - beautiful evening, beautiful water, beautiful flowers, abundant bugs, hungry fish, and all to myself! Life IS good!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Steps25 on Jun 15, 2016June 15th, 2016, 9:54 am EDT

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