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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.

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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I have upgraded to a larger net.  This was a failed attempt

Report at a Glance

General RegionSw idaho
Specific LocationSouth Fork Boise
Dates FishedSept 4
Time of Day7 am - 6 pm
Fish Caught2 rainbows 12”, 17”
Conditions & HatchesSmall pink mayflies, terrestrials, some caddies, hot dry light gusts of wind in the afternoon

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Squarehog1 on Sep 7, 2020September 7th, 2020, 2:41 pm EDT
This is an amazing river with big strong smart rainbow trout. Catch and release barbless hook. On this trip , shortly after switching to a hopper /ant , I hooked a dandy that jumped straight away and threw the hook.. I landed a good one a while later. I also caught my personal best this spring. A real trophy that took me 18.5 minutes to land.. I got it all on my chest mount go pro. So the first pic is from Friday and the others of my trophy. Please watch my videos as well. I make them for fun, I only have 11 subscribers haha.


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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Sep 13, 2020September 13th, 2020, 7:53 am EDT
Nice photos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Sep 18, 2020September 18th, 2020, 10:21 am EDT
Great videos!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Makes me want to go out right now.

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