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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Baetis7
MI

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Baetis7 on Aug 25, 2014August 25th, 2014, 6:17 am EDT
I noticed that our local midge larvae are quite long and are either a green or somewhat tan color. I have tied a few to resemble what I am seeing but it seems as though the fish are keying in on smaller midge patterns. Does anyone ever tie a full sized midge larva and have success on it? I thought for sure the trout would take this pattern but I have been unsuccessful for the most part on this particular tie. I will include a pic here shortly. Perhaps a few of you could comment on this larva tie. Thanks!
Baetis7
MI

Posts: 17
Baetis7 on Aug 25, 2014August 25th, 2014, 6:35 am EDT
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Aug 26, 2014August 26th, 2014, 2:36 pm EDT
What size hook are we talking here? Are we not sure that maybe its not crane-fly larvae we are seeing and not a "midge"?

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Baetis7
MI

Posts: 17
Baetis7 on Aug 26, 2014August 26th, 2014, 2:58 pm EDT
Definitely not a tipulid but infact a dipteran. They are about a size 10 or 12. The above pattern is on a size 12 swimming nymph hook

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