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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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae 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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A brown.

Report at a Glance

General RegionCatskills
Specific LocationDelaware
Dates Fished5/22 and 5/23
Time of DayNoon to dark
Fish CaughtBows and Browns
Conditions & HatchesWe caught fish on small olives and caddis. Other bugs were on the water sporadically, but our fish came on the above.

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on May 23, 2017May 23rd, 2017, 11:25 pm EDT
Two fantastic days floating out of the Delaware River Club. I've known the manager Jeff for many years, and he always treats me like family. He set up the trip and it was one of the best I've had anywhere. We caught a few on streamers and one on a nymph, but most of the fish were on dries, and most were 18 inches and up. I'll post up a few more photos when they arrive. I pulled this first one from their blog at

http://thedelawareriverclub.com/blog/
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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David82nd on May 23, 2017May 23rd, 2017, 11:33 pm EDT
Sounds great I was in stilesville last week unfortunately the drift boat traffic was just to much for me out there wading
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Martinlf on May 23, 2017May 23rd, 2017, 11:40 pm EDT
Yes, drift boats can be a pain when you're wading. The guides are generally respectful and careful to go behind wading fishermen. My guide Bruce Miller took great pains to avoid going in front of any wade fishermen, and we simply didn't fish anywhere near where guys were wading. It's too bad everyone who owns a boat isn't as considerate. Now that the water is coming down wading should come into its own, and there will be many fewer boats up at Stilesville. Good luck and tight lines.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jmd123 on May 24, 2017May 24th, 2017, 10:21 am EDT
Nice fishies, Louis! Haven't seen many of our members posting any fish pics lately. It's been so cold, wet, and windy around here I haven't gotten out very much myself. Well done!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on May 24, 2017May 24th, 2017, 4:22 pm EDT
Thanks Jonathon. The Delaware fish make you work for them, but some days can be magic.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Martinlf on Jun 2, 2017June 2nd, 2017, 7:13 am EDT
One more bow from the trip. Just got the photo.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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