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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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 Isoperla (Stripetails and Yellow Stones)

This is a very common trout stream stonefly genus. It is also huge, with sixty species scattered over the entire continent. Though anglers usually call them Little Yellow Stones or Yellow Sallies, the scientific common name for this genus is Stripetail. The latter is probably better to use as not all of them are necessarily little or yellow.

Where & when

In 510 records from GBIF, adults of this genus have mostly been collected during May (33%), June (30%), April (17%), and July (14%).

In 335 records from GBIF, this genus has been collected at elevations ranging from 26 to 11430 ft, with an average (median) of 1909 ft.

Genus Range

Specimens of the Stonefly Genus Isoperla

5 Adults
3 Male Adults
1 Female Adult
8 Nymphs

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Stonefly Genus Isoperla (Stripetails and Yellow Stones)

34 species (Isoperla bellona, Isoperla conspicua, Isoperla cotta, Isoperla coushatta, Isoperla davisi, Isoperla decepta, Isoperla decolorata, Isoperla distincta, Isoperla emarginata, Isoperla extensa, Isoperla francesca, Isoperla frisoni, Isoperla grammatica, Isoperla gravitans, Isoperla irregularis, Isoperla jewetti, Isoperla katmaiensis, Isoperla lata, Isoperla longiseta, Isoperla major, Isoperla maxana, Isoperla mohri, Isoperla namata, Isoperla nana, Isoperla orata, Isoperla ouachita, Isoperla petersoni, Isoperla phalerata, Isoperla punctata, Isoperla richardsoni, Isoperla sagittata, Isoperla slossonae, Isoperla szczytkoi, and Isoperla transmarina) aren't included.
Genus Range
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