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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.

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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Caddisfly Species Hydatophylax argus (Giant Cream Pattern-Wing Sedges)

This is an especially large species, with pupae and adults up to hook size 2.

Where & when

Time of year : June through fall

Preferred waters: Small streams

In 53 records from GBIF, adults of this species have mostly been collected during June (55%), May (21%), and July (19%).

In 13 records from GBIF, this species has been collected at elevations ranging from 627 to 2740 ft, with an average (median) of 2008 ft.

Species Range

Hatching behavior

Time of day : Morning

Gary LaFontaine reports in Caddisflies that his trout stomach samples held many Hydatophylax argus pupae during their emergence in the East.

Specimens of the Caddisfly Species Hydatophylax argus

1 Female Adult

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Caddisfly Species Hydatophylax argus (Giant Cream Pattern-Wing Sedges)

Species Range
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