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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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BoulderWork
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BoulderWork on Dec 9, 2015December 9th, 2015, 2:19 am EST
http://www.wired.com/2015/12/the-thing-on-this-bugs-head-is-exactly-what-you-think-it-is/

Favorite part of article:

"Dr. Peter Duelli first described this odd structure in 2004, when he observed males slowly erecting their glenofinger—but they were very shy. “When the males are undisturbed, the glenofinger can grow to almost the size of the abdomen. At the slightest disturbance (vibration, noise, shadow) it’s withdrawn.” Winterton commented, “They’re very secretive about it. You really have to set the mood for this sort of thing to happen.”

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Jmd123 on Dec 9, 2015December 9th, 2015, 9:29 am EST
"You really have to set the mood for this sort of thing to happen.”

I LOVE IT!!

Yep, it's a pretty wacky world when it comes to six-legged creatures!! Of course, we are talking about Australia, home of the weirdest and most dangerous of nearly every type of venomous animal (snake, spider, jellyfish, octopus, bony fish, wasp, cone shell, etc.)...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on Dec 9, 2015December 9th, 2015, 12:44 pm EST
Good one, but I forsee a debate a la Fontaine's caddis coming on:

Winterton’s not sure if the glenofinger inflates with air, or fills with body fluid.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Dec 10, 2015December 10th, 2015, 5:56 am EST
Good one, but I forsee a debate a la Fontaine's caddis coming on:

Winterton’s not sure if the glenofinger inflates with air, or fills with body fluid.

Oh no!!

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