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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Adirman on Mar 3, 2019March 3rd, 2019, 3:19 am EST
I just learned of Dennis’ passing this am ; sadly, he passed on 2/14. For those of us in the catskills who frequented his flyshop In Roscoe, he will be sorely missed. RIP Dennis ☹️
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 3, 2019March 3rd, 2019, 4:29 am EST
Sorry to hear this. A friend in a local shop is a special thing. I am sure he will be missed by many.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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BoulderWork on Mar 3, 2019March 3rd, 2019, 10:15 pm EST
I agree. This is a loss and I will miss his wit, insight and his larger than life persona. Truly enjoyed watching him tie flies at the vice near front of shop and opportunity to learn about designs, and the fisheries.
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Iasgair on Mar 5, 2019March 5th, 2019, 2:04 am EST
Sorry for the loss to those who knew him. He sounds like a person who was well worth knowing.

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