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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Slocum on Sep 7, 2017September 7th, 2017, 6:26 am EDT
Hi everybody !

Despite the fact I'm French I've read and almost grew up with John Gierach books. And in his books there are obviously some mentions of his fishing partner and long time pal AK Best. In order to learn more about fly tying I've bought some of his books and recently I've seen "Tying dry flies" VHS/DVD. Actually I've never been so happy to speak English !!!

But let's be realistic, DVD about fly tying is not that common, and the AK Best VHS/DVD are not available anymore on the market. Add to that I'm living in Europe and I won't be able to read his DVD due to a dvd zone problem.

I know it's not respectful towrd him but, is there anybody here who have some of his documentary to download or something similar ? I know he did some video about nymph, streamer and so on, and I'd like to watch it because, you know, knowledge is nothing if it's not shared !

Let me know if you have any tips concerning his videos ;)

Thanks in advance !
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Troutnut on Sep 7, 2017September 7th, 2017, 9:46 am EDT
I'm not comfortable publicly allowing a request for a pirated copy of a video (even if it's off the market), but I would welcome anyone to answer the question with publicly available media of AK Best's tying.
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Slocum on Sep 7, 2017September 7th, 2017, 6:20 pm EDT
Yes, I wasn't comfortable asking that too to be honest. But such knowledge should not be forgotten. The better of course would be something publicly available as you've just said.

Maybe a good solution would be to contact him or one of his pal from Colorado (Mike Clark or Ed Engle) and tell him there are a bunch of youngsters who want to see those videos !

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