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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives
Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

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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Byhaugh
Hawaii

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Byhaugh on Feb 19, 2014February 19th, 2014, 2:55 pm EST
Ok, please settle an argument. Which is the larger insect: Salmonfly or Hexagenia?
Thanks,
Byron
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Feb 19, 2014February 19th, 2014, 3:33 pm EST
Hi Byron -

The Salmonfly is much larger. While some strains of Hex females can approach 40mm body length and some strains of Salmonfly males can be in the 30mm range, the latter are still substantially bulkier. With more typical strains and with gender differences aside those length ratios are reversed making the size difference even more dramatic.
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