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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.

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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