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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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Millcreek has attached these 4 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
Isoperla marmorata
Isoperla marmorata
Taenionema pacificum
Taenionema pacificum
Millcreek
Healdsburg, CA

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Millcreek on Feb 21, 2018February 21st, 2018, 6:50 am EST
I've had the Isoperla species in here before but it was dead when photographed and these are live. Species were identified to genus using "An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America" by Merritt, Cummins and Berg (2008). They were identified to species using "The Isoperla of California (Plecoptera: Perlodidae) Larval Descriptions and a Key to 17 Western Nearctic Species" by J.B. Sandberg.(2011).
http://www2.pms-lj.si/illiesia/papers/Illiesia07-22.pdf
And "New Descriptions of North American Taenionema Larvae (Plecoptera; Taeniopterygidae)" by K.W. Stewart (2009).http://www.zobodat.at/pdf/Illiesia_05_0128-0145.pdf

The nymphs were collected 2/20/18 in shallow, fast water with small to medium gravel. The Isoperla marmorata was 13-15 mm and the Taenionema pacificum was 9-12 mm.
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