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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.

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 July 14, 2011

Updates from July 14, 2011

Closeup insects by Bnewell from the Touchet River in Washington

Ventral view of a Male Rhithrogena robusta (Heptageniidae) Mayfly Spinner from the Touchet River in Washington
Male Rhithrogena robusta (Heptageniidae) Mayfly Spinner from the Touchet River in Washington
These specimens were collected from a mating swarm from the east branch of the North Fork of the Touchet River, upstream from the Bluewood Ski Area turn.It was a sunny warm day, mating swarm as 4-8 ft. above this small stream. Four male spinners were collected.Stream photos were taken.

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Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Jul 15, 2011July 15th, 2011, 2:05 pm EDT
I see it has mosquito like front legs and only 2 tails that are quite long: is this normal?
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Jul 15, 2011July 15th, 2011, 2:14 pm EDT
Male spinners usually have long front legs and long tails. The number of tails is normal for adults in this family.
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Jul 15, 2011July 15th, 2011, 9:04 pm EDT
A-man,

The purpose of these long legs is to grasp the female in a way that proper leverage and balance can be utilized to make aerial copulation possible... Founders of the mile high club?

Kurt
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