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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Barbaube on Feb 18, 2020February 18th, 2020, 5:03 am EST

I've been trying ways to save some money on leaders. After tying my own, I've been looking at fly clips. Have any of you had some experiences fishing them? On streamers, wet flies or nymphs, and dries?

Besides discretion, I'm wondering if they could restrict the fly movements.

What do you think?
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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Feb 18, 2020February 18th, 2020, 6:44 am EST
I just started experimenting with tippet rings. I think these are a better alternative than flyclips. Basically a flyclip is like a snap swivel. I would use these swivels mainly for bait fishing for muskies/northern. Tried them with largemouth but preferred using a Texas rig. If saving your leader is what your looking to do (which is my intention) I think tippet rings are the way to go. Tippet rings afford you the luxury of switching out different size tippet without changing your leader. I really can't see a good reason to use flyclips other than saving time. It literally takes probably 30 seconds more to tie a fly on your tippet.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 18, 2020February 18th, 2020, 7:39 am EST
I just started experimenting with tippet rings. I think these are a better alternative than flyclips

I agree. They are much smaller and inconspicuous. They are so light that they don't even break the surface. I don't feel them even casting the smallest of flies. Once you put on a leader attach a 1.5 mm tippet ring and then a tippet with a clinch knot. Example - Buy a 7.5' 3X leader and add a ring and 2' of 4X. Or buy a 9' 4X leader, add a tippet ring and 3' of 5X. As you change flies the tippet will get shorter and shorter. When it gets down to about 20" cut the remaining tippet off and add a new piece. Your leader ca n theoretically last an entire season.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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