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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Konchu on Sep 8, 2016September 8th, 2016, 10:22 am EDT
Dickson Despommier, a retired professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University, and a life-long trout angler/ecologist, kindly shared with me a recently developed website that might be of interest to some of those who haunt this site.



PS Jason, if you don't want other sites promoted, feel free to delete this post. I was asked to share, and so I am doing so.
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Oldredbarn on Sep 8, 2016September 8th, 2016, 5:03 pm EDT
Looks very interesting! Thanks Luke...Reminds me a bit, at first glance, of some of the books by Jason Randal.

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Taxon on Sep 8, 2016September 8th, 2016, 7:19 pm EDT
Couldn't help but notice "Caddis fly" and "Stone fly" in the Glossary. I believe they should be be spelled "Caddisfly" and "Stonefly", as only Dipteran common names are properly spelled with a space before the "fly".

And yes, I plead guilty to being an intransigent nitpicker. :-)
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TimCat on Sep 8, 2016September 8th, 2016, 7:29 pm EDT
Thanks for sharing. I'll be reading more from this site in the future.
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
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Jmd123 on Sep 9, 2016September 9th, 2016, 4:23 am EDT
"And yes, I plead guilty to being an intransigent nitpicker. :-)"

Oh, you taxonomist you! Lest we forget, only birds have official common names...there is no such thing as a "Canadian goose", they're Canada geese...there's no such thing as a "seagull", they are herring gulls or ring-necked gulls, etc....but I certainly get your point, only the Diptera are true flies, like the Hemiptera (I think they're now called the Heteroptera) are the only true bugs.

Which reminds me of a Peace Corps story...my (now ex-) wife and I went with a couple of friends of ours to one of the properties owned by the university I was teaching at in Chile (Catholic University of Maule), a beautiful spot called Costa Azul (Blue Coast) right on the south Pacific Ocean. In our hiking around the place, my ex and I saw an interesting insect, which was a true bug in the Hemiptera (or whatever!), and upon showing it to our friends they asked, well what is it, you entomologists? And our response was, "It's a bug!" "NO SH*T!! We already knew that!!" And I don't think our explanation helped...


No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Feathers5 on Sep 9, 2016September 9th, 2016, 5:54 am EDT
Looks like a very nice site. I will explore it. Thanks

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