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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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DangerAF1 has attached these 3 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
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DangerAF1 on Apr 19, 2020April 19th, 2020, 3:29 pm EDT
Could use a little help here. I know I've got some stonefly fly nymphs in the first picture but does anyone have ideas of the other few bugs that are in these shots
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Millcreek on Apr 19, 2020April 19th, 2020, 5:22 pm EDT
You have some caddisflies in the bottom picture, probably Hydropsyche. The mayfly nymphs are possibly Heptagenia and the light colored cylindrical ones are members of the fly family (Diptera). The top picture is a midge or mosquito.
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DangerAF1 on Apr 20, 2020April 20th, 2020, 6:48 am EDT
Thank you for the help I'm really new to fly fishing and I've been picking up every book I can but there's a lot to learn. So I really appreciate the patience that you guys have on this forum in teaching people like me how to enjoy the sport even more. I'll be sure to start putting all of my insects on white backgrounds for photography and anything else you can recommend to make this easier for me to learn and more productive for fishing.
I like to put a little jiggle in my wiggle to set the hook

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