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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Troutnabout has attached this picture to aid in identification. The message is below.
Northern california caddisfly. Finally got it.
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Troutnabout on Nov 27, 2006November 27th, 2006, 5:26 pm EST
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Taxon on Nov 27, 2006November 27th, 2006, 7:05 pm EST

If it's from N. California, you can probably forget Platycentropus. It's likely either Limnephilus or the other (probably Limnephilini tribe) Limnephilid genus, which LaFontaine said build similar cases. And no, I don't know which genus he meant. Perhaps someone else will. That's what I just love about this forum.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Troutnabout on Nov 29, 2006November 29th, 2006, 3:20 pm EST
David thanks for your feedback. I've e-mailed the photographer to ask that. I'll let you know what she says.
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Troutnabout on Dec 6, 2006December 6th, 2006, 2:18 pm EST
David;I heard from the photographer. She believes phtot was taken at lake McCumber in Shingletown,Ca.

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