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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.

Male Epeorus albertae (Pink Lady) Mayfly Dun Pictures

I collected this male dun with a female dun and a female spinner of the same species. Identification was initially difficult because I didn't catch a male spinner, and this dun was missing its legs. I was able to tease the spinner's penes out of the dun's shuck after it expired, although the shape was pretty similar. Fortunately, the shape is a distinctive match to the Epeorus albertae species group. In the key in Needham et al (1935), it keys to Epeorus youngi, which is now considered a synonym of albertae. It's also a very plausible dun version of this spinner collected a few years earlier, a few drainages to the north, at a similar time of year. Additionally, the female dun and spinner collected with this one match very closely those I've collected in the past.

This mayfly was collected from the Cedar River in Washington on July 2nd, 2021 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 4th, 2021.

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References

  • Needham, James G., Jay R. Traver, and Yin-Chi Hsu. 1935. The Biology of Mayflies. Comstock Publishing Company, Inc.
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