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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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 has attached these 10 pictures to this report. The message is below.
A real Montana toad!
My fishing partner on a spring creek in SW Montana.
Small brown
19" brown from a little spring creek
18" brown
Gorgeous Rainbow
20" Rainbow
21" Rainbow
20" Leopard Rainbow

Report at a Glance

General RegionMissouri River
Specific LocationHolter Dam to Craig
Dates FishedJuly 05 - July 09
Time of DayVaried
Fish CaughtAlmost all rainbows
Conditions & HatchesPMD's, Cinnamon caddis, Tricos, went to the Dark Side and nymphed with Zebra midges, small Hares Ear, and crayfish under an indicator.

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Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 9, 2019January 9th, 2019, 2:26 am EST
Just wanted to post up some pictures of the 2018 trip. I may have already posted these pictures but to tell you the truth I can't remember if I did or not.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jan 9, 2019January 9th, 2019, 4:46 am EST
How the heck do you guys get your fish to sit still for the photos??? More often than not the fish flips just as I'm ready to pull the trigger...do you guys just wear them out completely or something?

Beautiful, big fishies by the way! Well done as usual, Matt.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 9, 2019January 9th, 2019, 7:02 am EST
How the heck do you guys get your fish to sit still for the photos???


Well that happens too where they wriggle free and sometimes fall right back into the river. Remember Jon I am a trout whisperer and I just tell them to behave and they settle down for the photo op.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Partsman
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Jan 11, 2019January 11th, 2019, 10:48 am EST
Great pictures Matt, now if you could just whisper some 70 degree weather, a few caddis and a cold all day long IPA, and you could make me a believer! But in lieu of that the pictures really help.
Thanks, Mike.

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