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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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Fredw has attached these 4 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
Vancouver Island, BC

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Fredw on Jul 4, 2013July 4th, 2013, 8:12 pm EDT
I believe this may be the dun from my previous post, but would like some clarification. The netting that you see is actually from my landing net.the spacing across three holes in the landing net is 11.74mm. not sure if the first pic is fully emerged

thanks for your help

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Taxon on Jul 4, 2013July 4th, 2013, 9:39 pm EDT
Hi Fred,

Yes, I believe it to be a Callibaetis female subimago, but would sure be a lot more comfortable making that call if I could see its hind wing. :-)
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Entoman on Jul 10, 2013July 10th, 2013, 10:42 pm EDT
Hi Fred,

Now that is the way Callibaetis (Speckled Duns) usually look. Fairly confident it is C. ferrugineus hageni. The clear wings on your earlier topic's specimen made me cautious but I have no doubts about this one. Is it the same species? Most likely, as the male spinners can have clear wings without the blotches normally associated with this genus. Its nymphs are very good swimmers and actively dart around in the weeds prior to and during hatching. They are a favorite trout food and by far our most important western stillwater mayfly.
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