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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 Grammotaulius betteni (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This is a striking caddis larva with an interesting color pattern on the head. Here are some characteristics I was able to see under the microscope, but could not easily expose for a picture:
- The prosternal horn is present.
- The mandible is clearly toothed, not formed into a uniform scraper blade.
- The seems to be only 2 major setae on the ventral edge of the hind femur.
- Chloride epithelia seem to be absent from the dorsal side of any abdominal segments.
Based on these characteristics and the ones more easily visible from the pictures, this seems to be Grammotaulius. The key's description of the case is spot-on: "Case cylindrical, made of longitudinally arranged sedge or similar leaves," as is the description of the markings on the head, "Dorsum of head light brownish yellow with numerous discrete, small, dark spots." The spot pattern on the head is a very good match to figure 19.312 of Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019). The species ID is based on Grammotaulius betteni being the only species of this genus known in Washington state.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Specific LocationA river somewhere...
Dates Fished08-12 07-12
Fish CaughtBrown Trout
Conditions & HatchesWARM! Various hatches.

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Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Aug 9, 2012August 9th, 2012, 12:27 pm EDT
Here are some of the nicer brownies we have picked up this summer.
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Aug 9, 2012August 9th, 2012, 6:35 pm EDT
Nice fish and wonderful photos. It's good to see someone is getting some fishing.

Mark
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Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Aug 9, 2012August 9th, 2012, 6:40 pm EDT
More beautiful fish there, James. Gotta make it up your way sometime! Right now I'm planning the Isle Royale trip, and you know at least 2 fly rods are going with me...

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

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Adirman on Aug 10, 2012August 10th, 2012, 3:03 am EDT
Very nice! always enjoy seeing your catches!!
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Aug 10, 2012August 10th, 2012, 5:36 am EDT
Love seeing that smiling little girl of yours, too.
Pryal74
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Pryal74 on Aug 12, 2012August 12th, 2012, 9:20 pm EDT
Thanks everyone! I enjoy this site thoroughly. I always love seeing everyone else's photos as well. Thanks again!
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Jmd123 on Aug 13, 2012August 13th, 2012, 11:22 am EDT
Here's a fun question for you, James: what's your daughter's favorite fly? Just curious if it's something cutesy or more utilitarian...she's one heck of a fisherwoman!

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

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Wbranch on Aug 13, 2012August 13th, 2012, 4:13 pm EDT
Great photos of your daughter fishing. I'd rather see a couple of her with that big grin than twenty of you and another big brown. It is very refreshing to see a youngster, and a little lady at that, not only enjoy being out with Dad but also being a pretty darned good fly fisher. You are so extremely blessed to have a daughter who wants to be with you on the river and enjoy the thrill of FF with you.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Pryal74
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Aug 14, 2012August 14th, 2012, 4:38 am EDT
@ Jonathon. She likes the stimmy, but she thinks colorful streamers are cool too. I am going to make her a blue one, because it's her favorite color, (or a pink one.)

@ Wbranch. Thanks. She is very excited to get back out for Steelhead. I am definitely blessed to have her for a daughter. She is a great kid with a perfect attitude. I couldn't be luckier.
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Aug 14, 2012August 14th, 2012, 2:18 pm EDT
Hey Pryal, does she cast pretty well? Your lucky, you got a great fishing buddy!
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Orn on Aug 15, 2012August 15th, 2012, 3:20 am EDT
Pretty brownies and a very nice river! Looks like a great summer :)
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RTB
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RTB on Aug 20, 2012August 20th, 2012, 9:18 am EDT
Some nice Browns there.

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