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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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

Posts: 35
Mcflyangler on Jan 21, 2017January 21st, 2017, 9:47 am EST
Even though my arm hurt badly, the need to catch a good sized trout on the San Juan kept me fishing. These trout are fun, yet very frustrating to fish for. I was able to land many small fish even though the large ones still avoided my net.

The rod I was using is a TFO Lefty Kreh Professional Series II which is a bit more moderate action then the last rod I was using. However it didnt seem to help much with bringing the larger sized trout in on these tiny nymphs. I tried very hard not to put much pressure on the fish when fighting, however I still lost them.

The reel I was using is a Sage 2250, and the line was Rio Mainstream WF5F, a simple $40 fly line. You don't need much more then the mainstream line on this river due to not having to cast very far to often.

I hooked 4 good sized trout, and one was well over 20". In fact, the one I lost due to it wrapping around "big rock" was easily 22-24". I just could not put enough pressure on him to steer him clear of the rock.

Mc Fly Angler
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 23, 2017January 23rd, 2017, 3:24 am EST
Are you selling product as an endorsement for sponsorship for TFO/Sage/and Rio?? It surely sounds like a sales pitch.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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New Mexico, United States

Posts: 35
Mcflyangler on Jan 23, 2017January 23rd, 2017, 10:16 am EST
How does this sound like a sales pitch? I am not selling anything at all. Just trying to do a video on my trip to the san juan. HAHA Just cause I made a quality video doesn't mean I'm selling anything. Thanks for the compliment though! :)
Mc Fly Angler

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