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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.

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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Dicosmoecus gilvipes (Limnephilidae) (October Caddis) Caddisfly Adult from the Touchet River in Washington
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Gutcutter on Sep 8, 2011September 8th, 2011, 2:40 pm EDT
Is this the same large caddis that hatches in early October in Central PA? I don't recall them being that "orange", but the size is about right.
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Taxon on Sep 8, 2011September 8th, 2011, 3:55 pm EDT

Dicosmoecus is a genus found in the Pacific (NW and SW). You may be thinking of Pycnopsyche, a fall emerger in PA.
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Sayfu on Sep 8, 2011September 8th, 2011, 3:57 pm EDT
Dunno about Penn., but sure looks like Dicosmoecus that hatches out on many of our Western rivers. A popular steelhead pattern is an elk-haired skittered, swinging dry tied with a burnt orange body is how we describe the body color..tied on a #6 steelhead hook, or there abouts. It is also a very popular pattern for trout in a slightly smaller pattern fished mainly dead drifted. I generally see the adults on the water later in the day.

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