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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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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Stonefly Genus Doroneuria (Golden Stones)

This less common western genus currently has only two species. Doroneuria theodora & Doroneuria baumanni (mostly coastal)

Calineuria and Doroneuria nymphs both lack anal gills and can be confused, but Doroneuria has a ridge of fine hairs running down the center of its body dorsally and is not as dramatically marked. The adults often have very short wings and also lack the striking head markings of Calineuria. The adult males have large quadrangular hammers that are almost twice as long as wide.
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To determine whether a specimen of Perlidae belongs to Doroneuria, use the Key to Genera of Perlidae Nymphs.

Specimens of the Stonefly Genus Doroneuria

1 Male Adult
2 Nymphs

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Stonefly Genus Doroneuria (Golden Stones)

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