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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 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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Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 9:23 am EST
A couple under water shots from today
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Entoman on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 10:10 am EST
Yep. Presence of a coxal process on the foreleg and a deep irregular notch on the frontoclypeus differentiate the Little Black Caddis from the very similar looking Dolophilodes (Winter Caddis).
"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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Falsifly on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 10:16 am EST
Eric, this stuff is gettin good
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When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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LowBudget on Nov 26, 2013November 26th, 2013, 5:49 pm EST
I have to ask.

Would you be willing to share how you took and what equipment you used to get these stunning images?

BTW I am currently writing a grant for my Career and Technical high school for photographic equipment for macroinvertebrate pictures and study.

Ed
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Oldredbarn on Nov 27, 2013November 27th, 2013, 7:27 am EST
Nice shots Eric!

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Martinlf on Nov 27, 2013November 27th, 2013, 2:01 pm EST
Great photos, as always, Eric.

Does anyone tie and fish imitations of this bug? I used this Vimeo video to tie some, but have yet to fish them. When and where have folks had luck with this fly, if any?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Crepuscular on Nov 27, 2013November 27th, 2013, 3:04 pm EST
Jeez, I posted those photos last March. Thanks Gentlemen!


I have to ask.

Would you be willing to share how you took and what equipment you used to get these stunning images?

BTW I am currently writing a grant for my Career and Technical high school for photographic equipment for macroinvertebrate pictures and study.

Ed


Ed, my setup is pretty basic. I use a small aquarium (1"x 2") that I made from acrylic sheet that I cut to size and glued together. Lighting is a fiber optic microscope light. Camera is a Nikon DSLR with a 105mm f2.8 lens. And a tripod.
LowBudget
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LowBudget on Nov 30, 2013November 30th, 2013, 1:54 pm EST
Crepuscular

Thank you for the information.

It looks like you painted the back of the aquarium with black paint. Am I correct? Did you paint it on the inside of the tank?

What kind of glue did you use? Silicone or ???

Thank you again.

Are there any worthwhile tutorials on the web? I have not found one yet.

Ed
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Low Budget Fly Tying and Fishing author of "Behind the Fly"
http://edengelman.com/BTF.html

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