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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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This topic is about the Caddisfly Family Hydroptilidae

Both anglers and entomologists know these diminutive flies as "Microcaddisflies." The term refers to this family specifically, not to all tiny caddisflies. Many are large enough for imitation on small hooks, but some are impossibly small, as tiny as hook size 36.

Like the Tricorythodes mayflies, Microcaddisflies can be important to trout because of their extreme abundance in certian waters.

Example specimens

Motrout
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Motrout on Jun 11, 2014June 11th, 2014, 5:41 pm EDT
Goodness.

At least everything ended with you in a better fly fishing locale than Missouri......

I'm still here but I manage to catch a trout every once in awhile anyway:)
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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Pdcox
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Pdcox on Dec 10, 2019December 10th, 2019, 11:54 pm EST
GLad I stumbled on this thread. Was fishing the Niangua and experienced what i thought was a hatch of smuts. However after finding this conversation, it makes a lot of sense that i found black caddis. Now that is a first for me. I persuaded a trout to hand over a few , and here they are.

https://pauldavid.smugmug.com/Bugs/i-TNGtZcM
https://pauldavid.smugmug.com/Bugs/i-ggdDd2n

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