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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.

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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2017 Brown
Delaware rainbow

Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Delaware River
Specific LocationWest Branch down through the Main Stem
Dates FishedSometime in May, I think.
Time of DayMorning to Night, with breaks
Fish CaughtBrowns and Bows
Conditions & HatchesOlives, Caddis, Sulphurs

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Feb 2, 2020February 2nd, 2020, 12:53 am EST
John, here are a few Delaware River trout, caught with Bruce Miller, who guides out of the Delaware River Club. Al Caucci is out of the business there, though he still runs annual trips in Montana.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wiflyfisher on Feb 2, 2020February 2nd, 2020, 2:42 am EST
Louis, excellent! Thank you!

I never fished the Delaware from a driftboat, we always walked and waded the river. Of course back in the early 1980's I am sure it was probably less crowded and easier access than now.
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Partsman on Feb 2, 2020February 2nd, 2020, 9:46 am EST
Nice pictures, beautiful looking country and fish.
Mike
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Martinlf on Feb 2, 2020February 2nd, 2020, 12:18 pm EST
Thanks, Mike. I understand you have some beautiful country up your way. Hope to get up there someday.

John, I waded the West Branch last year. Got beat up by a couple of impossible fish, caught a few smaller ones, then the next day had some great action a bit farther downstream. It can certainly get busy these days, and some of the fish get almost impossible to catch. They see too many flies. Some of the guides tell me they'll just move on when this happens.
"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 Feb 4, 2020February 4th, 2020, 3:39 am EST
Nice Louis! Well done!

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

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