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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Western Light Cahills

This common name refers to only one genus. Click its scientific name to learn more.

Mayfly Genus Cinygma

These are often called Western Light Cahills.
This uncommon Western genus is closely related to Cinygmula. It rarely provides good hatches.
Lateral view of a Male Cinygma dimicki (Heptageniidae) (Western Light Cahill) Mayfly Spinner from the Cedar River in Washington
I found a couple small (one or two dozen flies) clouds of these male spinners dancing low over the riffly parts of a pool in this fast river draining out of the Cascades.
Cinygma (Heptageniidae) (Western Light Cahill) Mayfly Nymph from Swamp Creek in Oregon

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Western Light Cahills

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