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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Artistic view of a Female Ephemera guttulata (Ephemeridae) (Green Drake) Mayfly Dun from the West Branch of the Delaware River in New York
For years after I started this website, I was eagerly hoping to find a green drake to add to the collection, but I was never in the right part of the world at the right time. It finally happened on June 1st, 2007.
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Roytop on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 9:49 am EDT
how about some spinner pics
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Troutnut on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 11:09 am EDT
I've got 19 of 'em, from 2 different specimens. Just go to my Green Drake page.
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Adirman on Jun 1, 2011June 1st, 2011, 12:37 pm EDT
I thought that a Green Drake spinner was essentially a Coffin fly? Yes?/No?
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Troutnut on Jun 1, 2011June 1st, 2011, 3:35 pm EDT
Yes Adirman, coffin fly is a common name for a green drake spinner. Exact same thing.
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