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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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About "Mystery Creeks": If you recognize one of these, you already understand why I'm keeping it a secret. I'm not as strict as some anglers about hiding where I fish, mostly because I don't expect to substantially affect fishing pressure on already well-known or simply unpopular waters. But there are some gems where I don't want to add a single unfamiliar bootprint to the mix, due to the fishing, their wild character, or keeping a friend's secret. They're all "Mystery Creek" here—even the lakes.

Landscape & scenery photos from Mystery Creek # 62

Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
This little pool in update New York is enjoyed by many tourists every day, and it still holds a few trout -- stockers mostly, but you can't complain about the setting!

From Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
I took this picture in very low light and enhanced it.  This waterfall is kind of a strange meeting of two worlds: below the falls, there is a parking lot and an old millhouse at a very popular state park.  Above the little falls the park is wild and there's little trace of people.

From Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Many trout live in this pool, but they're very difficult to approach.  The stream is very small and the pool unusually large, so the current is very slow.  The trout have all the time in the world to inspect the fly, and they spook extremely easily.

From Mystery Creek # 62 in New York
Mystery Creek # 62 in New York

On-stream insect photos from Mystery Creek # 62

Given their home on a mossy stump in the stream bed, these light orange ants probably end up in the stream from time to time.

From Mystery Creek # 62 in New York

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #62 in New York

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