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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.

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 the Bois Brule River

Here I'm looking through the sampling net for interesting nymphs, some of which ended up on this site.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Cedar sweepers line the fertile spring creek headwaters of a famous trout stream.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Here I'm tying on a fly in the middle of a warm summer day.  Despite the conditions, the trout responded well.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Gnarled cedars twist out over a nice trout stream.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
This tail end of a large glassy flat holds many nice rising trout most summer evenings, and it's extremely demanding of both stealth and fine casting.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
The Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Lone tree on a rock in the middle of Big Lake. Fittingly, Big Lake is the largest of several short wide spots in the upper Brule River.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
This colorful brown was my dad's first nice trout on a dry fly.  It was also the best of the day, taken with a nice cast after doing some slightly crazy wading through silt and deep water to get into position.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Good trout, both browns and rainbows, sometimes reside in the calm pockets alongside roaring rapids like these where most of the canoe traffic shoots quickly past.  Few fishermen stop to cover these areas.

From the Bois Brule River, Little Joe Rapids in Wisconsin
The Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
The Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
The Bois Brule River in Wisconsin

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin

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