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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Updates from March 19, 2004

Updates from March 19, 2004

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Several whitetail deer cross the river in front of me in the middle of winter.

Underwater photos by Troutnut

The top of this stump is covered with mayfly and caddisfly life.
A large Ephemerella subvaria nymphs clings to a log along with a couple smaller mayfly nymphs.
There's a large Ephemerella subvaria nymph in the top left.
An Ephemerella subvaria nymph clings to a white rock in the foreground, and there are other nymphs in the background.
Some large Ephemerella mayfly nymphs cling to a log.  In the background, hundreds of Simuliidae black fly larvae swing in large clusters in the current.
Three big Ephemerella subvaria mayfly nymphs share a rock with some cased caddis larvae.
There's a stonefly nymph in the bottom right corner of this picture, but what's really interesting is those white blotches. They're pretty common in my Wisconsin home river river, stuck flat onto the rocks--lots of rocks have a speckled look as a result. They are microcaddis cases, made by larvae of the caddisfly family Hydroptilidae. These are made by larvae of the subfamily Leucotrichiinae, most likely the genus Leucotrichia. They spin little flat oval cases of silk tight and immobile against the rocks.
The mayfly and stonefly nymphs in this picture blend in extremely well.
The strange tubes all over this rock house tiny midge larvae.
A large crayfish lurks under a log which is home to several mayfly nymphs and caddisfly larvae.
A couple Sulphur (Ephemerella invaria) nymphs cling to a log.
This picture shows some of the intricate homes woven by net-spinning caddis larvae.

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