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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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 Salmon River

This 11 pound male king salmon was the only one in his pod willing to hit a fly, apparently. Well, I'm not complaining--what a fight! He's not big for a King, but it was a fun catch anyway.
The Salmon River in New York
This stretch of a famous Great Lakes salmon tributary produced a nice king for me in the evening after this picture.

From the Salmon River in New York
Several anglers await a disappointingly sparse morning run of salmon from Lake Ontario.

From the Salmon River in New York
This king salmon was the only one I landed in a day of fishing.  I hooked and lost 7 others in heavy rapids.
The Salmon River in New York
The Salmon River in New York
The Salmon River in New York
The Salmon River in New York
Thousands of big trout and salmon pass by here each year.

From the Salmon River in New York
The Salmon River in New York
The Salmon River in New York
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