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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.

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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Jmd123 has attached these 20 pictures. The message is below.
This guy kept an eye on me as I was launching the kayak into Tawas Lake - green-backed heron
Joe & Todd heading out into Tawas Lake
Pretty juicy looking panfish habitat, though we didn't get many strikes
The open lake proved to be a bit too windy...
Brisk enough to drag my itty bitty kayak anchor (with 5 lbs. of weeds)
A two-track to primitive campsites on the north shore of Foote Pond led us here
...and to this
The ice-cold mouth of that creek coming into Foote Pond - and yes, it is designated trout water
Where it actually enters the pond - right into deep water!  Who's waiting down below that nice cold inflow?
Joe getting in some casting practice - he is getting waaay better!
The boys enjoying a cold one
The Three Amigos again! (Man, do I ever look scruffy next to Joe and Todd!)
On to the next spot - yep, there's a whole lotta brookies just below that culvert
Down below that culvert...is it a bog or a fen?
A bog plant, roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
A fen plant, marsh harebell (Campanula aparinoides)
Todd working just below that culvert
Success!
Todd coaching Joe as he works a seam with a nymph
Brookie waters
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Jmd123 on Jul 25, 2019July 25th, 2019, 5:47 am EDT
Well folks, I have moved! I am now on the north side of Foote Pond, overlooking a big hill covered in beautiful forest above a cedar swamp (and some springs) that leads down to the river. Through the trees I can see across the Au Sable Valley and sometimes I feel like I'm living in the mountains! So, to celebrate and because they both needed time away from their (high-pressure) corporate jobs, my buddies Joe and Todd came north again for a visit. Not many fish taken, mostly middle-of-the-day exploration because we wanted to party on the back porch in the evenings when I would usually go fishing myself). But, some pretty country seen, and photographed for your viewing pleasure here. Not nearly as spectacular as Jason's trips, but most pleasing in their own North Woods way! Enjoy.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Troutnut on Jul 25, 2019July 25th, 2019, 6:33 am EDT
Nice photos of the northwoods, especially that last one of the brookie stream!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Jmd123 on Jul 25, 2019July 25th, 2019, 6:38 am EDT
I saved some exploration for these guys so I myself covered some new territory, like that little cold stream tumbling in from the canyon...thinking there will either be (big) brookies or possibly some (also big!) pike sitting right below that little sand fan at the mouth...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Partsman on Jul 25, 2019July 25th, 2019, 10:44 am EDT
Beautiful, looks like you guys had a good time! So much to see in northern Michigan, my wife and I are heading up to pictured rocks hoping to do the kayak tour, and camping on the beach in a yurt. I have spent a big part of my season of fishing in the mason tract, which is another treasure! Good to hear from you, take care, Mike.
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Strmanglr on Jul 26, 2019July 26th, 2019, 3:25 am EDT
Nice, thanks for posting.
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Martinlf on Jul 30, 2019July 30th, 2019, 9:59 am EDT
Thanks for posting Jonathon! Nice photos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jmd123 on Jul 31, 2019July 31st, 2019, 6:40 am EDT
Thanks to all! I live in a really beautiful place and it's always nice to show it off, especially since I am exploring new territory. More to come on my part!

BTW I still do have accommodations for wayward Troutnuts that find their way to my neck of the woods. I may have lost quite a bit of space but still have the foldout couches! All are invited to come and explore, loads of fish-filled waters to explore!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Oldredbarn on Aug 7, 2019August 7th, 2019, 9:09 am EDT
Jonathon...You are showing your age. The heron is just a Green Heron (Butorides virescens) now. ;)

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Jmd123 on Aug 8, 2019August 8th, 2019, 6:42 am EDT
Thanks for the correction Mister Nerder Birder, duly noted. For those that don't know on here, birds are the ONLY group of organisms that have official common names. As in, there is no such thing as a "seagull" or "Canadian goose". Buncha nerds...look who's talking!

;oD

Jonathon
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