Here are this week’s images from the water. I’ll begin with this Drunella flavilinea found on the river this week.

Metolius Drunella flavilinea |

And a close-up…

Metolius Drunella flavilinea Closeup |

We’re still in what I consider the transitional time because not a lot of fish are rising to various insects floating downstream.

Here are a few we were lucky to land. These colors are amazing!

I watched this Rainbow eat my fly with a downstream take after the fly floated past it.

Holding Metolius Rainbow |

I like the net shadow on this fish.

Metolius Rainbow with Net Shadow |

The following are images of the Cascades Stone. It’s a little known hatch I first wrote about in 2014, The Golden Stonefly Cousin – Doroneuria baumanni. I later found the common name, Cascades Stone and wrote an updated post in 2021. It was titled Cascades Stone.

These are elusive stoneflies. It isn’t a prolific hatch and you’ll seldom see them on the water. This empty shuck was on a log.

Cascades Stone Shuck |

These last two images are what I believe is a Little Olive Stonefly. It’s about a size 16 nymph.

Little Olive Stonefly |

I found all these nymphs and snapped a picture. Only when I returned home and downloaded the images did I notice on the very bottom was a stonefly hatching.

Little Olive Stonefly Hatching |

I wish I had noticed it when on the water. I would have taken a few more pics!

I returned to the same spot the following day, hoping to find one of the insects hatching. I found this nymph with its back split. I didn’t notice any movement and wondered if it would develop into an adult…I’m still wondering.

Little Olive Stone |

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Wonderful images, John. They take me to places I’ve been, and for the moment I’d rather be.

    I think, as fly tyers, we tend to unconsciously over time develop an acute attention to detail, a fascination with it, and at times a near-reverent appreciation of it. I look at your photo of a bug – its intricately put-together armour plating and color pattern, antennae and eyes, delicately-veined wings, and am reduced to simply saying, “Wow.”

    Your photos bring me to that point.

    Much appreciation and respect, – Chuck

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