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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.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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ColoradoKen on Jul 16, 2016July 16th, 2016, 7:53 am EDT
Here are a few pics of some nice fish caught on the fly on public water in Colorado.
Tight Lines,
Ken
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ColoradoKen on Mar 2, 2017March 2nd, 2017, 12:55 am EST
yesterday I landed the fish of my lifetime thus far. I may have landed a heavier or longer fish once or twice in a blue moon... but this one takes the cake. this 10lb class cuttbow was in the riffle, march 1st on a local freestone. great winter flow and very healthy river in the past few years especially. I landed a 5lb rainbow in this riffle (same fish) twice last summer and have heard of browns exceeding 10 lbs being hooked (rarely) in this area.

fortunately for me this fish, (and all the fish in the river that were feeding) was eating large stonefly nymphs. I was able to hook it with a big fly and 3X tippet. a solid 15 minutes to the (too small) net, a quick photo op, and a very robust release.

hope to encounter this fish again.

Edit: trouble
Posting pic from iphone
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Ken
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ColoradoKen on Mar 2, 2017March 2nd, 2017, 1:18 am EST
Tight Lines,
Ken
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Crepuscular on Mar 2, 2017March 2nd, 2017, 1:21 am EST
nice. cool Kokanee! thanks for posting.
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Wbranch on Mar 2, 2017March 2nd, 2017, 8:21 am EST
Nice pictures and thanks for sharing them with us. Welcome to the forum.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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ColoradoKen on Mar 5, 2017March 5th, 2017, 3:07 am EST
Tight Lines,
Ken
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ColoradoKen on Mar 5, 2017March 5th, 2017, 3:08 am EST
Tight Lines,
Ken
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ColoradoKen on Mar 5, 2017March 5th, 2017, 3:09 am EST
Having trouble with image, click link to view cuttbow mentioned in my above post
Tight Lines,
Ken
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Wbranch on Mar 5, 2017March 5th, 2017, 3:25 am EST
Was there only one image? The one I saw was a thick rainbow on a very cold and snowy day. That rainbow looks like most of the steelhead I catch in the Erie creeks. Meaning it is a really big non migratory rainbow. Gorgeous trout I'm jealous of the fish but not being out in that weather.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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ColoradoKen on Apr 5, 2017April 5th, 2017, 3:29 am EDT
hey wbranch,
thanks for commenting. we occasionally hook steelhead size rainbows, pushing 30". mostly on tailwaters with mysis shrimp. the fish (yeah 1 pic so far) pictured above was on a bigger freestone stretch of Colorado river, making it way cooler to me!!
tight lines
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Ken
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ColoradoKen on Apr 5, 2017April 5th, 2017, 3:34 am EDT
the weather has been pretty stellar for winter fly fishing. that day was in the 40's. this winter though there was a fishing tournament. ice fishing primarily, but the locals fish a canal and a tailwater river stretch as well. anyhow, I fly fished the tournament, in the tailwater at -20f. no kidding. way more mindblowing was the fact that I witnessed fish rising up into the choppy river slush... at -20. I caught some fish nymphing that day.
Tight Lines,
Ken
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Wbranch on Apr 7, 2017April 7th, 2017, 6:31 pm EDT
It helps if you have a photo sharing account to upload photos. Add a left bracket and the letters "img" and a right bracket, then paste the link, then another left bracket, than a back slash, the letters "img" and a right bracket to upload pictures.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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RanchMT on Apr 12, 2017April 12th, 2017, 9:55 am EDT
Colorado Ken,
Those are some good looking fish! That last picture of the of the cuttbow is a beautiful fish. I hope I get the chance to catch a fish like that one day! Congrats!

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