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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.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Dorsal view of a Brachycentrus (Brachycentridae) (Grannom) Caddisfly Pupa from Cayuta Creek in New York
The green blob contained in this case is a pupa in the early stages of transformation from larva to the final stage we generally picture and imitate. This specimen and several like it were fixed to a rock I picked up, and each one had the front of its case sealed off, protecting the helpless pupa from predation. It's neat to see the insect part-way through such a radical transformation.

It was very hard to extract this thing from its case, so there's a bit of extra goo near the head from where I accidentally punctured it.
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Powderfinge on Jan 8, 2017January 8th, 2017, 10:52 pm EST
what pattern/colors do u find effective? thanks
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PABrownie on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 12:57 am EST
Jeez man, I already responded to your other grannom post, but I didn't realize you were talking about the j! Seriously, grannom soft hackles are freakin killers !
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Feathers5 on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 2:35 am EST
I use a size 16 gray hackle peacock. You may be able to use a size 14 early in the hatch. Just like PABrownie says, "they're freakin' killers.
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Powderfinge on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 3:03 pm EST
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Wbranch on Jan 9, 2017January 9th, 2017, 10:57 pm EST
Please do a Forum search for prior Grannom threads there are likely pages of posts.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jan 10, 2017January 10th, 2017, 1:26 pm EST
Or just look below at "Related Discussions."
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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