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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 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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Wbranch on Aug 13, 2007August 13th, 2007, 1:19 pm EDT
Here a couple of pictures of some wild browns I caught today in a little freestone within fifteen minutes of a bustling metropolis. The water temperature was 62 degrees. I also landed a handful of 10" - 12" stocked browns. Most all of the fish took a little # 20 nymph "hand twisted" retrieve back to me and one took a # 12 black beetle.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
State College, PA

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Smallstream on Aug 13, 2007August 13th, 2007, 2:57 pm EDT
nice! thats what its all about. Whats a hand twist retrieve?
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Wiflyfisher on Aug 13, 2007August 13th, 2007, 3:20 pm EDT
Hand twist (my rough definition):

Using the hand holding the fly line, extend the fingers (pinky finger first) forward and grab the fly line and tuck it in under the hand. Repeat it over and over again to slowly crawl the fly in about 3 inches at a time.

BTW, nice looking fish! I hope that little freestone stays unmolested.
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Wbranch on Aug 14, 2007August 14th, 2007, 6:26 am EDT

Ray Bergman coined the phrase "hand twist" retrieve. If you have a copy of his book "Trout" turn to page 22 and he provides a description of the mechanics of this line retrieval method. The "Wise Fishermen's Encyclopedia" has a description and five line drawings depicting the hand movements and the orientation of the line on page 536.
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Spring Mills, PA

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IEatimago on Aug 14, 2007August 14th, 2007, 7:38 am EDT
beauty's WB thanks for sharing.

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