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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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 August 16, 2018

Updates from August 16, 2018

Photos by Troutnut from the Madison River, Rock Creek, and the Jefferson River in Montana

The Madison River in Montana
The famous Madison River

From the Madison River in Montana
This little brown saved me from officially skunking on my first trip to the Madison, which saw several larger fish swipe at streamers or big dry flies but no hookups in the midday sun.
Rock Creek in Montana
Rock Creek in Montana
This cow moose watched me from a slough upstream while I fished a good pool on Rock Creek.

From Rock Creek in Montana
Rock Creek in Montana
The Jefferson River in Montana
The Jefferson River in Montana
The Madison River in Montana
The Madison River in Montana
The Madison River in Montana
Rock Creek in Montana
Rock Creek in Montana
Rock Creek in Montana

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Rock Creek in Montana

Lateral view of a Male Cinygmula (Heptageniidae) (Dark Red Quill) Mayfly Spinner from Rock Creek in Montana
This male was collected from the same cloud of spinners as this female and is probably the same species. I'm tentatively calling them both Cinygmula for now, but I'm really not sure about that ID yet.
Lateral view of a Female Cinygmula (Heptageniidae) (Dark Red Quill) Mayfly Spinner from Rock Creek in Montana
This female was collected from the same spinner cloud as this male.

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