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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Hunter1 on Jun 23, 2020June 23rd, 2020, 6:36 am EDT
Do you use floatant on an emerger fly ? I'm trying them on a dropper dry fly .
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Wbranch on Jun 24, 2020June 24th, 2020, 5:09 am EDT
It depends on what the fish are doing if you see head and tail rises it is likely the trout are eating the mayflies as they rise in the water column and they eat them a few inches under the surface. If you see more typical head rises then you can add a little floatant.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Hunter1 on Jun 24, 2020June 24th, 2020, 8:54 am EDT
Fenton, MI.

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Brian314 on Sep 7, 2020September 7th, 2020, 9:45 am EDT
I use that powder floatant on the CDC part of mole flies (a Charlie Craven emerger pattern). The CDC is rather hydrophobic and works well,untreated, at first. But after a while, I find I have to dry the fly and add floatant to the CDC part.
BTW - there's a good tying video on the mole fly at the Orvis nymph-tying page. Brian

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