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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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Launching into destination number two, the bass pond at Clark's Marsh
The boys with the first fall colors, red maples of course
These lily pads were full of boils and swirls as we paddled through
Success at last!  Nice fat 16-er from the Marsh, in a deeper back channel on a #10 KBF
Prospecting for bass in the backwaters
Bass water, home of that 16-er
Wildflower bouquet in the middle of the marshlands (Bidens sp., possibly beckii?)
Serious wetland habitat, beautiful and diverse
Whorled loosestrife (Decodon verticellatus), a beautiful native relative of the evil purple loosestrife
Major habitat - this place sees a LOT of bird activity at various times, including bald eagles, trumpeter swans, blue herons, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, yellow-rumped warblers...
Working the bass waters
Low-rider...flipped my kayak for the first time ever
Notice the water line on my shirt
Todd continuing with Joe's lessons
Fly boxes I deployed
More flies - these are my main two boxes I carry in the sling-pack, the previous two are "add-ons" as needed
Finally...the wreckage!  This is (part of) what Joe & Todd killed during their visit...oh yes, a good time was had by all!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Sep 18, 2017September 18th, 2017, 5:41 am EDT
Here's the photos from our Marsh paddle. Note that this place is less than 10 miles from my house, in fact I can walk here in 45 minutes or drive here in less than 10...but you can't reach what we saw without a boat, the place is surrounded by marsh...but oh, the biodiversity! Didn't see much invasive either, almost all native plants. Even got a nice fish. Enjoy!


P.S. The KBF works its magic once again...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Sep 29, 2017September 29th, 2017, 12:33 pm EDT
Believe it or not Jonathon that is what the south end of Cedar lake used to look like. It was wild and beautiful and very hard to get into, huge sunfish and big pike and bass lived there. Things changed for the worse in the late 60,s when Brownell reality got permits to dredge, they did good job of screwing things up! I really miss going up to my grandparents place on the lake and how much fun we had growing up, fishing the lake and the pine river at my great aunts place. Things were sure a lot simpler then, I'm getting pretty fed up with everything going on now a days.


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