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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Creek chub, lots of these (Semotilus atromaculatus)
Beautiful longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)!
Baby bass!!  Little juvenile smallmouth
Juvenile bluegill
Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus), most common fish in our samples
Juvenile hog sucker (Hypantelium nigricans), only got one but I'm sure there's more
We caught 4 species of darters, this is probably an orangethroat darter, Etheostoma spectabile (the others were Johnny, fantail, and rainbow darters)
Weeeee little catfish!  Yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)
And now for some bugs!  A raw, unsorted sample, separated from the debris
Caenis mayflies were fairly common
Paraleptophlebia was the second most common taxon after Chironomidae (which I may yet take down to genus!)  Collected over 1100 of these total!
Ephemera was the largest mayfly we found
Arigomphus dragonfly nymph
Chimarra was easy to spot because of their big heads!
Hydropsyche larva - Cheumatopsyche was much more common
Mollusks too - Helisoma was occasional
Goniobasis snails were extremely common in some samples (one had 376!)
Clams too!  Psidium, a.k.a. pill clams
Not a mollusk nor a turtle!  Water penny beetle larvae, Psephenus sp.
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Mar 2, 2021March 2nd, 2021, 4:51 am EST
Here's (some of) what we collected! Remember, this is NOT a big stream, which made the diversity all the more surprising. Enjoy!


Note: all fish were identified, measured, weighed, and checked for health conditions such as parasites, lesions, sores, etc.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Mar 2, 2021March 2nd, 2021, 2:59 pm EST
That is so cool. This is your job?!? Man, talk about doing what you love. This is what I'm constantly telling my kids. Find something you love and are passionate about and do it.

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