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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Lateral view of a Female Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
I found this female in the same area as a male with similar markings, probably of the same species.
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Martinlf on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 12:02 am EST
Casey, take a look at the underside of this bug.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 3:55 am EST
Louis-

Context, please.
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Martinlf on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 4:57 am EST
Touche, Taxon . . . I should have known better with you out their poised to strike at any hint of indecency.

For context, see Casey's question about blue wing olives in the "winter fishing - ice in the guides" thread. See, I wasn't being naughty!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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CaseyP on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 6:59 am EST
Louis,
y'know, this spring i tied up a whole box of caddis from large to small, tan to black, and a few larvae and sparkle caddis as well. it was neat having whatever i needed, and after a while i knew which ones to make more of. this winter it's going to be a box of small mayflies with "blue" wings and every sort of body color, and some nymphs and emergers as well. and after a while...

thanks a lot for unravelling that little puzzle for me. those bugs i'd seen on the stream in cooler weather were seldom "blue"--and now i know why, or at least that it's really so.

Taxon, it's getting darker every day...;-)

"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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LittleJ on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 8:30 am EST
I'm with you casey, if you fish more than one stream, you'll need any number of 8 thousand patterns/colors/sizes when someone tells you the "olives" are on.
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Taxon on Dec 18, 2008December 18th, 2008, 3:16 pm EST
Louis,
Touche, Taxon . . . I should have known better with you out their poised to strike at any hint of indecency.


I plead innocent; thought maybe you were referring to those thingamajiggies:

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Roger Rohrbeck
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Martinlf on Dec 19, 2008December 19th, 2008, 12:57 pm EST
Not me, I try never to refer to thingamajiggies if I can help it! ;>
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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