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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Martinlf on Sep 11, 2007September 11th, 2007, 10:26 am EDT
I notice that Ton recently posted a question elsewhere about caddis larvae's mode of drifting--clothed or in the buff? (that is with or without case)

I believe they do both, depending on the species, but await correction from Taxon or Konchu on this if I'm mistaken. Or more detail.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on Sep 11, 2007September 11th, 2007, 10:55 am EDT

I would agree with your belief. I didn't respond to Ton's question, as it appeared to be directed to Jason.
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Roger Rohrbeck
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Konchu on Sep 11, 2007September 11th, 2007, 12:40 pm EDT
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Ton on Sep 14, 2007September 14th, 2007, 5:56 am EDT
Thanks guys for your responses to my post. You know, I've heard of patterns that actually impale sand particles (via a glue base) all around a dubbed base of a fly for extreme realistic drifting case patterns. I'll stop short of doing that.

Drifting away now,
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Mcjames on Sep 14, 2007September 14th, 2007, 7:12 am EDT
I "evicted" a caddis larva from its casing a few seasons ago and glued the case over a caddis larva pattern. But I haven't tried it yet-- feels almost like I'd be cheating. I keep it in my "experimental" fly box. One of these days I'll give it a shot. I've read that cased caddis constitute a substantial portion of the trout's winter diet.

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