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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Dorsal view of a Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Taju has attached this picture to aid in identification. The message is below.
Hartola, Finland

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Taju on Nov 15, 2008November 15th, 2008, 7:46 am EST
I guess that this is Ptilostomis, according to the web-pages. But what is the species name (ocellifera??)?

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GONZO on Nov 15, 2008November 15th, 2008, 7:54 am EST
Certainly looks like Ptilostomis, but I'm not sure I know how to distinguish the species. Wait for Dave on that score.
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Creno on Nov 15, 2008November 15th, 2008, 8:14 am EST
While the photo is not as good as the previous (the wing venation/coloration is not in focus) I don't believe it is ocellifera as as my specimens of ocellifera are generally paler and with less wing coloration than the other two likely species (postica and semifasciata). I would not feel comfortable using just size and color to separate these species. I think you need to take a good look at the private parts to be sure.

There is an excellent source for this family:

Wiggins, G.B. 1998. The caddisfly family Phryganeidae (Trichoptera. University of Toronto Press. 306pp.
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GONZO on Nov 15, 2008November 15th, 2008, 10:18 am EST

Ethan Bright's website gives keys for Ptilostomis to the species level (based on the Wiggins reference that Creno mentions):


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