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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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Flamey has attached these 3 pictures to this report. The message is below.
WV native and state fish the brook trout. What a wonderful day!!
The excited cheesy smile says it all!!! 23 inches of fight and fun!!
Look at that beautiful color!!  Thank you WV!!!

Report at a Glance

General RegionAppalachian
Specific LocationWest Virginia
Fish Caughtbrook, brown, tiger and rainbow
Conditions & HatchesSulphur nymph and dry, pheasant tail, prince, caddis dry, gold ribbed deer hair nymph, quill gorden dry, blue wing olive dry, royal wulff

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West Virginia

Posts: 3
Flamey on Nov 25, 2018November 25th, 2018, 11:14 am EST
Good evening all NEW guy here who grew up in the Catskill MTNS of NY and moved to WV a few years ago. Have had a blast learning new water and meeting new people and sharing the great NY tradition of fly fishing.
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 27, 2018November 27th, 2018, 7:39 am EST
Nice fishies! Welcome to the Forum. Lots of friendly fisherman with lots of advice here. BTW I've seen those "Golden" trout and it makes you wonder how they don't get picked off by herons and eagles!

Tight lines!


P.S. Do they stock tigers in your waters? A guy here in MI just caught and released a natural one - extremely rare!
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 Nov 27, 2018November 27th, 2018, 8:45 am EST
Welcome, great pics, keep them coming as the weather here in Michigan really sucks right now!

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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 28, 2018November 28th, 2018, 11:26 am EST
Thanks for the report.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
West Virginia

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Flamey on Dec 3, 2018December 3rd, 2018, 2:05 pm EST
Thank you for the warm welcome, I totally agree on the golden standing out for all of mother natures fish predators, humans included. I have found them to be very frustrating to catch as they are very timid and skittish, WV stocks one golden for every 10 rainbows so I use the golden just to lead me to the bows. I have had my best success in discolored water with of all things mop flies, usually green or yellow. Yes WV does stock a limited number of tigers. I have only caught one (and released) in the 9 years I have been here but it was a beautiful fish with tons of fight.


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