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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Falsifly's profile picture
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 660
Falsifly on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 11:39 am EST
Trout Fishing Restrictions - It is illegal...

To remove insect larvae from any trout stream or spring hole tributary to a trout stream for use or sale as bait except that a licensed angler may take insect larvae or nymphs from trout streams by hand during the open trout season for their immediate personal use as bait in the stream from which taken and all such larvae or nymphs must be returned to the stream prior to leaving the stream from which taken. By hand means no use of small seines or nets or other devices.

As it is stated above do you think that any person could legally collect insect larvae or nymphs, by small seine or net, for specimen collection?

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."
Cutbow's profile picture
Post Falls, Idaho

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Cutbow on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 11:51 am EST
As it is stated above do you think that any person could legally collect insect larvae or nymphs, by small seine or net, for specimen collection?

Looks like that would be illegal in that state. Is that Wisconsin fishing regulations you're quoting?
"Once you catch your first fish on a fly you won't care about any other kind of fishing!"
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 12:49 pm EST
I think it is fuzzy. The regulations are clearly addressing commercial purposes. Since it is legal for individual anglers to take for private use as bait it is clear that the law is not a blanket proscription against collection, but rather a particular purpose. The mention of nets and such I assume were put in place to make it impractical to collect for commercial use with subterfuge and make it easier for enforcement agents to tell the difference from a distance in the field. I would check with your local field office as it seems to me this is one of those laws that could be interpreted differently by the individual officer, depending on his mood and how the "cut of your jib" is sized up.
"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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Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 920
Crepuscular on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 1:07 pm EST
In PA we have to have a "scientific collectors permit" to collect aquatic organisms. I woud check your state's regulations.

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