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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

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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Holocentropus Caddisfly Larva Pictures

This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Ruler view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington The smallest ruler marks are 1 mm.
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington

This caddisfly was collected from the Yakima River in Washington on February 18th, 2023 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on February 21st, 2023.

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Holocentropus ID Discussion
Posted by Fishohio614 on Jun 11, 2023
Last reply on Jun 11, 2023 by Fishohio614
At first glance Rhyacophilidae is what jumps to my mind. Admittedly, I have limited experience with this family. From the Holocentropus I’ve keyed out, the anal spines are fairly small. If you have a compound scope you may have better luck trying to wet mount a claw and view it under higher magnification. Not being able to see the dark bands couplet 4 refers to makes me think you may be in the wrong family. I recall that character usually being present in smaller larva, although I could be misremembering.

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Holocentropus Caddisfly Larva Pictures

Collection details
Location: Yakima River, Washington
Date: February 18th, 2023
Added to site: February 21st, 2023
Author: Troutnut
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