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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Jeremyhuske on Jan 21, 2019January 21st, 2019, 12:06 pm EST
Let me start off by saying I dont fly fish. I recently bought a bunch of ice fishing stuff for dirt cheap to add to my collection. The guy I bought this stuff from said he had two cabelas inline reels, but the drag was messed up. With farther inspection I believe there are fly reels. The are Cabelas ZT 100. I cant find any info on these as they aren't made anymore. If anyone can confirm these are fly reels and would even want to buy them let me know and we can arrange some things.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 21, 2019January 21st, 2019, 2:30 pm EST
I doubt you will get many responses from members of this forum. Almost all are fly fishers. I personally have never ice fished in my entire sixty years of fishing. Maybe a few members from the northern hard water states will be able to offer some assistance.

Pictures of the reels would help.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 22, 2019January 22nd, 2019, 4:22 am EST
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Feb 6, 2019February 6th, 2019, 3:44 am EST
Yeah, they're making fly-type reels into ice fishing reels these days...maybe these guys miss their fly tackle during ice fishing season? Reminds me of steelhead fisherman putting spinning reels on fly rods and then calling them "noodle rods"...

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

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