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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.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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 7, 2013March 7th, 2013, 3:41 am EST
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Kschaefer3 on Mar 7, 2013March 7th, 2013, 4:11 am EST
this is a pretty good one.
Yes it is!

I really want to fish dries for Atlantics after seeing this. The refusals are awesome. Especially the one where it's mouth is open, about to take, and then quick turns away at the end. That's a big fish too!
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Pryal74 on Mar 7, 2013March 7th, 2013, 10:07 am EST
I saw this a while back and shared it on my facebook page. It's incredible!
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Sayfu on Mar 7, 2013March 7th, 2013, 10:17 am EST
Good footage, and brings back the best of my memories in WA ST. Same low clear water, same defined pools and tailouts, and my quarry were Summer-run steelhead in the Fall...long 6wt rods, and size #10 wet flies swung down and across on a dry line. Same outfit I now fish for trout with in Idaho.
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Wbranch on Mar 7, 2013March 7th, 2013, 10:22 am EST
I've watched dozens, maybe hundreds, of fly fishing videos and this has to rank right up there with the best, if not the very best, video I've ever watched. Not only is the scenery and river awesome but the footage of salmon refusing the dry flies is fantastic. What I really liked was not only does the guy have great fishing he is able to share it with his wife/significant other who knows what she is doing and obviously enjoys it as much as he does.

When the video is over you can click to see the other salmon video he posted about a year ago. It is equally as good. Especially the scene in the pouring rain.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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