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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.

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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Landscape & scenery photos from Silver Creek

Deer crossing Silver Creek

From Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
I caught the morning Trico hatch on Silver Creek and landed quite a few difficult mid-sized rainbows, while watching my fly spurned by ten times more.

From Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho
Silver Creek in Idaho

On-stream insect photos from Silver Creek

Silver Creek in Idaho
Female Baetid spinners were abundant subsurface looking for substrates to lay their eggs, and they found my waders. I'll update the ID for this picture after identifying the associated male spinner. I caught several fish on a small brown soft-hackle fished as a crude imitation of these spinners before the fish all started taking Tricorythodes spinners instead.

From Silver Creek in Idaho
Baetis spinners trying to lay eggs on my waders

From Silver Creek in Idaho

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Silver Creek in Idaho

Artistic view of a Female Callibaetis ferrugineus (Baetidae) (Speckled Dun) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Some notes from identifying this specimen under the microscope:

1. The hind wing has three longitudinal veins, but the third is faint, short (about half the length of the wing), and close to the wing margin.
2. Then antenna is brown fading into white at the tip, and the base is ringed with white.
3. The joints of the tarsal segments on the middle and hind leg have fine black markings.

It was also collected in association with a female spinner.
Lateral view of a Female Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
This female spinner was deceased when photographed, so the posture is unnatural, but it was a substantial hatch and clearly worth imitating (with wet flies to imitate the sunken ovipositing females) so I went ahead with the photos.

It was collected in association with a male spinner.
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