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Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

A little quick bug collecting in the Cascades during runoff

By Troutnut on June 3rd, 2022
I was in the area of the Icicle River on June 3, so I toured the scenery and admired the power of the river ripping down through the mountains as snowmelt peaks in the high country. I wanted to try some new photography gadgets, so I collected a few nymphs from the river and a tiny, probably fishless tributary called Chatter Creek. It took a long time just to find somewhere I could safely step onto gravel in the river to sample, and the creek that is probably ankle-deep most times was waist deep.

Photos by Troutnut from the Icicle River and Chatter Creek in Washington

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Icicle River and Chatter Creek in Washington

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