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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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Kroil
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Kroil on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 5:30 am EDT
This is a tough one and I will give you some clues if nobody gets the right answer.

When I found the skull in the woods, the first thing I did was call the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns. - Jack Handey

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Taxon on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 6:24 am EDT
My guess would be some sort of marine crustacean.
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Murphlax34 on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 6:27 am EDT
An Upside down Deer Tick???
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Wbranch on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 7:02 am EDT
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Taxon on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 8:48 am EDT
Matt-

Disgusting little Pthirid, that. Actually, the proper spelling is Pthirus pubis. Now I'm left to wonder, what on earth will Louis think about this?
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Roger Rohrbeck
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Troutnut on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 10:08 am EDT
After seeing the answer, I'm very glad I didn't know it.
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Kroil
Coastal NJ

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Kroil on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 11:09 am EDT
Dind Ding ding ding ding...
Survey says:
CORRECT!
I found this little bugger and about 400 of his friends in my waders.
It appears that they, like ephemoptera, need moist, nutrient rich environments to survive.
WBranch wins this contest and I am sending him a broken vial of specimens to examine further.
Anyone else want some specimens?
Seems I have a surplus right now.
When I found the skull in the woods, the first thing I did was call the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns. - Jack Handey

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Wbranch on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 1:17 pm EDT
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Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 2:24 pm EDT
Just when this thread is headed toward needing moderation, I, the only moderator, have decided to bail on it and not check back... you're on your own, guys. Good luck! :-P
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Martinlf on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 4:30 pm EDT
If trout don't eat it, it doesn't get a reaction from me. . . . Hmmm . . . I wonder if they just might. OK, take several skinnydipping hippies (or politicians) in the Main Stem and some midge eating trout downstream looking for something new to munch on . . .

Now for the extra credit part of the exam: Matt, what size hook do I need to tie an imitation? And Kroil, just how did they get in your waders? Who have you been letting wear them? . . . and do I need to rethink our proposed fishing trip (due to my answer to the first exam)? Much food for thought here.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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