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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Landscape & scenery photos from Nome Creek

The dorsal fin of a grayling is one of the prettiest sights in Alaska.
A very nice grayling for this small stream.
Beautiful grayling brought to hand.
The first fish on a fly of 2011 for either of us, and she caught it while I was still rigging up my rod.
Lena landing a feisty grayling.
Playing around a bit with backlighting and demonstrating how not to hold a fish.
View of lower Nome Creek at the canoe launch for floating Beaver Creek (the next take-out is at the Yukon River bridge a couple weeks downstream).

From Nome Creek in Alaska
Nome Creek in Alaska
Inspecting the net with my intrepid sidekick.

From Nome Creek in Alaska
This is the first time I've kicknetted bugs since we got Taiga, and she turns out to be so very helpful.

From Nome Creek in Alaska
Nome Creek in Alaska
Nome Creek in Alaska

Underwater photos from Nome Creek

Nome Creek in Alaska

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Nome Creek in Alaska

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