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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.

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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Idryfly on Apr 9, 2018April 9th, 2018, 11:13 pm EDT
Fished the first day of the year yesterday......could not believe that in almost mid April I had to keep de-icing my guides. from 8am until about 3pm.....no real rising activity and I was about to write the day off.
I was in a long slow pool that had small and moderate olives and stone flies coming off.....excellent water levels but COLD.....at 3pm I moved to a final of my favorite dry fly spots and low and behold.....i found some rising fish and ALOT of olives coming off. I also saw mayflies I could not identify especially for this time of year.....size 16 and light tan ....except for the size it almost looked similar to a female hendrickson....I would have expected paraleps/blue quills but they have a reddish Mahogany body. Anyway....I found a similar looking CDC foam bubble emerger I've been experimenting with tying....and it delivered me a nice 14 inch brown..... I landed 2 more bows same size and hooked and lost a few more....so my last 2 1/2 hours made the day worth it. I also snapped off my tippet at one point due to sheer excitement of actually finding myself in the midst of a hatch after a 5 month drought from fishing.......what a miserable winter it has been.

"However, I must warn all beginners that the dry-fly game is an insidious one. It creeps upon you unawares, and unless you fight the tendency you will eventually fish in no other way." Ray Bergman, TROUT 1938
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Strmanglr on Apr 10, 2018April 10th, 2018, 12:03 am EDT
Makes me reconsider my steelhead endeavor I have planned today and think of the trout water I call home.
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Partsman on Apr 10, 2018April 10th, 2018, 12:50 am EDT
Congrats Idryfly, just shows sticking with it can pay off big. Between winter not letting go and the flu I'm still waiting to get out. I hope your season continues to be rewarding.

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Martinlf on Apr 11, 2018April 11th, 2018, 2:15 pm EDT
Well done.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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