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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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I collected some bugs while camped near this tiny, tiny creek. It's too small for pretty much anyone to bother fishing.

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Trealtor Creek in Idaho

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus unicolor (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Adult from Trealtor Creek in Idaho
One key characteristic not clearly photographed, but clear in under the microscope: this specimen's midtibiae have 2 apical spurs and 1 preapical spur.
Lateral view of a Male Neoleptophlebia heteronea (Leptophlebiidae) (Blue Quill) Mayfly Spinner from Trealtor Creek in Idaho
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