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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 Grammotaulius betteni (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This is a striking caddis larva with an interesting color pattern on the head. Here are some characteristics I was able to see under the microscope, but could not easily expose for a picture:
- The prosternal horn is present.
- The mandible is clearly toothed, not formed into a uniform scraper blade.
- The seems to be only 2 major setae on the ventral edge of the hind femur.
- Chloride epithelia seem to be absent from the dorsal side of any abdominal segments.
Based on these characteristics and the ones more easily visible from the pictures, this seems to be Grammotaulius. The key's description of the case is spot-on: "Case cylindrical, made of longitudinally arranged sedge or similar leaves," as is the description of the markings on the head, "Dorsum of head light brownish yellow with numerous discrete, small, dark spots." The spot pattern on the head is a very good match to figure 19.312 of Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019). The species ID is based on Grammotaulius betteni being the only species of this genus known in Washington state.
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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Gene on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 9:03 am EDT

Just remember a few things about Ernie Schwiebert. First he was there for the Golden Age of Fly Fishing. I'm talking about my friends Charlie Fox and the crew as well as Gingrich, McClane, Kreh and all the guys we read about in fly fishing history. His book Matching the Hatch basically put people onto something that really was in its infancy before then: a more scientific way of looking at fly fishing and catching trout.

Ernie never said you needed precise imitations to match things all of the time. If you read his books you will find this out. And finally Ernie fished more places and on more great streams and with more great people famous and nonfamous than we can probably dream about. Whenever I talked to him I was always impressed with his concern for the environment, with fly fishing and with the history of fly fishing. He never sold out! I consider him one of the finest fly fisherman and innovators in the art the world has ever seen. I know that some people in the fly fishing world were jealous of him but it never soured Ernie. He never spoke harshley about other fly anglers and writers.

I knew Charlie Fox pretty well (thus my article on him: Reflections with Charlie Fox) and I can tell you that Charlie Fox had the utmost respect and adoration for him. I can remember Ernie coming to Charlie Fox's Funeral and how Ernie told me that these were the greatest times when he fished the Cumberland Valley that he probably had in fly fishing when he had fished with Charlie Fox, Ross Trimmer and the crew.

Not to plug any of my sites but there are two articles on Charlie and Ernie at www.flyfisher.com for fly anglers who would like a little more background on these two.

Ernie was great guy and the fly fishing world is empty without him.

Tight lines and dancing nymphs
and drink beer or shot or two for Ernie and Charlie

because they would have wanted it that way!

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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 9:43 am EDT
Very well put. Thanks.
I would like to propose a toast. To all who have contributed to the passion.

When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Northwest PA

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Grannom on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 12:22 pm EDT
Ernie's latest book looks magnificent. The Nymphs: Volume One The Mayflies. If I just happen to find $60 in my wallet I would buy it for sure. I found out that it would still be published from an article in the Summer issue of Fly Tier. The article talked about Ernie, and contained exerpts from the book. It looks like it holds a wealth of infromation, and it is huge!
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 12:30 pm EDT
A huge Schwiebert book????? Who would have thought?

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