The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.
Current speed: Fast
Most of these descriptions are direct quotes from the original scientific sources describing or updating the species, although there may be errors in copying them to this website. Such descriptions aren't always definitive, because species often turn out to be more variable than the original describers observed. In some cases only a single specimen was described. However, they are useful starting points.
Eyes reddish-brown. Thorax olivebrown, yellowish patch anterior to the base of the wing, containing a black line which descends to the coxa of the foreleg; lateral sutures marked with black; legs pale olive-brown; fore femora and tibia with black markings; wings hyaline with pale veins and cross veins. Abdominal terga olive-brown, anterior half of each of the first four segments with broad black bands, bands on posterior segments reduced to large semicircular dorsal patches; sterna pale olive-brown with ~midventral and sublateral longitudinal dark brown stripes as in fig. 7. Caudal filaments brown, lateral cerci 20%-30% as long as terminal filament. Penes with a shallow median apical depression as in fig. 3.
Similar to male except for usual sexual differences.
Cerci 2-3 mm long; terminal filament 10-12 mm long. Head brown with pale markings, roughened but without occipital tubercles; antennae brown ; maxillary palpi three-segmented as in fig. 12. Thorax brown; legs brown, femora with a few marginal spines and a distinct row of marginal hairs, tibiae and tarsi with a distinct row of marginal hairs (fig. 15), tarsal claws with three to seven denticles. Abdominal terga olive-brown; anterior half of each of the first four segments with broad black bands, bands on posterior segments reduced to large semicircular dorsal patches; each tergum with a series of lateral black patches; paired dorsal abdominal tubercles on segments 1-9 or 2-9 as in figs. 1 and 23; sterna pale olive-brown with median and paired sublateral longitudinal dark brown stripes as in fig. 7. Caudal filaments light brown, darker at the joinings; lateral cerci 20% to 30% as long as terminal filament.