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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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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Spring issuing from beneath the birches above!
Ostrich fern fertile fronds
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) - first wildflowers of Spring!!
"Three Pipes" - a popular stop for canoeists and kayakers
"Three Pipes" beach in the sunset
Clark's Marsh (was frozen last time I took pictures!)
Bass/pike water???
Dinner time - leaving the river behind...
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Jmd123 on Apr 9, 2011April 9th, 2011, 3:02 pm EDT
Well, the word from everyone around here is that the fishing is SLOOOW. This includes my own four hours of flinging flies on Thursday evening, more casting practice after a long cold Winter than anything. So, more photography...Enjoy!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Apr 11, 2011April 11th, 2011, 7:23 am EDT
Well, it's Spring for REAL now - the frogs started calling in the lake behind my house last night! Spring peepers AND wood frogs, plus I heard coyotes yipping off in the distance, kicked up a whitetail in the dark on my way back up to the house from the lake, and even saw "glow-worms" in the grass along the shore (I think they're firefly larvae). It was warm, humid, and still, after a day in which our temperature reached an incredibly balmy 75F (at least)!

Fishing is STILL sloooooow - I threw big pike streamers off the Tawas pier yesterday evening for a couple of hours, no takers. A big ice sheet had moved in from across the bay and there were "icebergs" floating around all over the place...still not quite there yet.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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