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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

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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CouxJoe
Greenville, SC

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CouxJoe on Nov 4, 2007November 4th, 2007, 2:20 pm EST
I was fishing a stream in the Carolinas over the weekend when a hatch of cream colored adult Chironomids began to swarm around like snowflakes. After asking some people around what they were I was told that they were cream midges.
I am interested in tying larval and pupal stages of this insect, but don't know what they are called in order to image search them. Could someone suggest a name or two for these cream colored chironomids? When the wind blew it really looked like snow fall or wood ash flying around. I apologize for being so vague, and I thank you for any help you may suggest in a name for these "cream midges".
sorry no pics, my camera is to old capture them. Thanks again for any suggestions!
Taxon
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Plano, TX

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Taxon on Nov 4, 2007November 4th, 2007, 5:11 pm EST
CouxJoe-

There are aproximately 2,000 species of Chironomids (members of family Chironomidae) in N. America, and perhaps 50-100 species represented in the average body of water. If you are attempting to find representative photos, I would recommend BugGuide - Family Chironomidae (Midges).

However, Chironomids are extremely difficult to reliably identify even to genus, let alone to species, except by taxonomists who specialize in them. So, you may need to be content with continuing to refer to your hatch as cream colored adult Chironomids.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
CouxJoe
Greenville, SC

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CouxJoe on Nov 5, 2007November 5th, 2007, 8:35 am EST
Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Falsifly
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Nov 6, 2007November 6th, 2007, 5:20 am EST
CouxJoe,
Sorry I can’t help you with a name but I do have a suggestion. Purchase a small seine some small vials and some bug balmer. Capture some specimens and tie to imitate. I have been doing this for years and I love it. You may want to refer to “ Midge Magic” by Don Holbrook & Ed Koch an excellent reference for the midge fisher.
Falsifly
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."
Creno
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Jun 21, 2012June 21st, 2012, 4:17 pm EDT
falsifly - we just had a little discussion on preservatives. Is "bug balmer" another technical product I should know about? Or perhaps gin or another alcoholic beverage I may not like? I hope it is not port!
creno
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Jun 22, 2012June 22nd, 2012, 9:57 am EDT
Here you go Dave,



Or perhaps gin or another alcoholic beverage I may not like?


Jack says he's offended.
Falsifly
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."

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