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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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 Rhyacophila mainensis (Rhyacophilidae) (Green Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from Fall Creek in New York
This is the first Rhyacophila larva I've seen with this striking black banded appearance. I caught several larvae of this species in a fast riffle in a mid-sized trout stream.
GONZO
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Apr 3, 2007April 3rd, 2007, 7:08 am EDT
Pretty sure that the dark bands and the proleg configuration indicate mainensis.
Litobrancha
Knoxville TN

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Litobrancha on Jun 12, 2007June 12th, 2007, 8:14 am EDT
what a beautiful specimen. never seen that one, thanks!

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