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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.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Rfberan on Jul 31, 2020July 31st, 2020, 1:02 am EDT
Accidently sat next to two new friends streamside on PA trip last weekend.
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Wbranch on Jul 31, 2020July 31st, 2020, 5:20 am EDT
Ug! I see one in the left side of the photo but not the other. Friends like that you don't need.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jul 31, 2020July 31st, 2020, 5:56 am EDT
Yikes!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Stickstring on Aug 1, 2020August 1st, 2020, 3:25 am EDT
I have a problem with snakes. I’ll take bumping moose or grizzly bears everyday over snakes....
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Jmd123 on Aug 10, 2020August 10th, 2020, 5:56 am EDT
Looks like genuine timber rattlers to me. Those poor things are just about on the endangered species list! Be happy that you saw them, from a safe distance...they're not common.

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

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