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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Flytyerinpa
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Pottsville Pa

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Flytyerinpa on Feb 13, 2017February 13th, 2017, 4:36 am EST
Found a crack in my Thompson A vise, making it hard to hold the hooks, I was thinking about going with a Dan Vise, I talked to 2 guys that love them, the Dan vise co. has a MSRP of $80.00 but all the dealers want over $100.00 one guy at a fly show wanted $125.00. Maybe I should go to the hardware store and check out there vise-grip pliers. It don't pay to be on SS.
RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Feb 13, 2017February 13th, 2017, 7:41 am EST
Take a look at Griffin vises. They are all American made and while they are not generally fancy with all kinds of (often) beside-the-point features, they are good sturdy, reliable vises at a reasonable price.

Here is their selection of fly tying vises: http://www.griffinenterprisesinc.com/modules/store/Vises_C38776.cfm

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