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Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Mayfly Species Paraleptophlebia sculleni

Where & when

Time of year : Summer

To my knowledge, this species has only been described in the scientific literature from the Oregon Cascades. However, on July 25th, I found several swarms of a dozen or so male spinners dancing above a gravel road/trail on the rim of a bouldery canyon at 2800 feet elevation on the eastern slope of the Washington Cascades.

Although this canyon would easily constitute class 4+ whitewater when flows are higher, at typically low summer flows there are lots of quiet backwaters in the pools between the fast drops and boulders. This might be the habitat for the Paraleptophlebia nymphs.

I found them again a couple weeks later on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River on the west slope of the Washington Cascades.

Spinner behavior

The male spinners I encountered were flying right at dusk.

Specimens of the Mayfly Species Paraleptophlebia sculleni

2 Male Spinners

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