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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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Insect Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

Grasshoppers and crickets are terrestrial insects--the only part of their life cycle spent in the water is the "oops" stage. Grasshoppers are most important to the trout, but crickets may fall into streams as well.

Specimens of the Insect Order Orthoptera

1 Adult

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Insect Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

Family in Orthoptera: Acrididae, Gryllidae
31 families (Anastostomatidae, Arcypteridae, Batrachididae, Catantopidae, Charilaidae, Chrotogonidae, Cooloolidae, Cylindrachetidae, Gryllacrididae, Gryllotalpidae, Gryllotalpidae, Lathiceridae, Lentulidae, Mogoplistidae, Myrmecophilidae, Pamphagidae, Pneumoridae, Prophalangopsidae, Proscopiidae, Pyrgomorphidae, Rhaphidophoridae, Rhipipterygidae, Schizodactylidae, Stenopelmatidae, Tetrigidae, Tetrigidae, Tetrigidae, Tettigoniidae, Tettigoniidae, Tridactylidae, and Tridactylidae) aren't included.
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