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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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By Troutnut on March 26th, 2012
I had an unexpected photo opportunity while walking around campus today, and snapped this raven with my phone's camera. I wrote it a little verse for it in the caption. Not a haiku, mind you. I live by the forum rules, too.

Photos by Troutnut from Miscellaneous Alaska in Alaska

High upon a signpost rearing, down upon pedestrians jeering, 
Squawking rather nasty things not heard from any bird before;
Parking regulations broken, yet the bird paid not a token,
And the bird was so outspoken, taunting watchers at its fore,
Taunting that it need not pay the fee that we abhor.
This it laughed, and then it soared.

From University of Alaska Fairbanks in Alaska

Closeup insects by Bnewell from the Touchet River in Washington

Female Perlinodes aurea (Perlodidae) (Springfly) Stonefly Adult from the Touchet River in Washington

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Entoman
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Entoman on Mar 29, 2012March 29th, 2012, 10:17 pm EDT
What's going on with this thread? How did these two get hooked up? Anyway, loved the great photo of the raven and the fun limerick!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Troutnut on Mar 30, 2012March 30th, 2012, 1:06 pm EDT
They're both site updates from the same day. That's how the automatic posts from the front page of the site are organized into the forum. I coded it that way thinking usually there would only be one contributor per day (so it would join all the photos & specimens from a particular fishing trip or something). It does get to looking a bit funny when people add two very different things though.
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Entoman
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Entoman on Mar 30, 2012March 30th, 2012, 1:34 pm EDT
Ah, very good. That bird is a great subject. That photo was from your phone? Amazing!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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