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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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By Troutnut on August 4th, 2020
Continuing my sightseeing tour of remote Idaho, I drove around a bunch of backroads and made a quick fishing stop at enticing-looking water on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon. I didn't even put waders on, just wandered out on a gravel bar in street shoes to take a few casts, aiming to keep my "at least one trout every day of the trip" streak alive on a day without any real fishing. The fishing wasn't good, but a 7-inch bull trout (quickly released unharmed) kept the streak alive.

Photos by Troutnut from the Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho

The Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho
The Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho
The Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho
I wasn't paying close attention at the time and released this fish very quickly after the picture, so I thought it was just a skinny brookie and didn't notice until looking at the photo that it's a juvenile bull trout. Good thing I was all-C&R on this trip anyway!
The Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho
The Yankee Fork Salmon River in Idaho

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