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Under the river

Norman Maclean wrote in the closing page of A River Runs Through It, "Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs".  What he didn't mention that under the rocks are also bugs -- millions of 'em.  Mayflies, caddis flies, stoneflies, midges, all living under the rocks in amongst the words, all trying to hide from feeding trout.  Living for up to seven years before emerging as flying insects for a few days at most, they form a critical link in the food chain that defines the quality of a river.

The Big Blackfoot is blessed with many aquatic insects (and damn few mosquitoes!)  Enjoy these images of the aquatic insects of the Big Blackfoot!

the granddaddy of them all -- the majestic salmonfly!


And at the other end of the scale, a wee little mayfly nymph


A gang of miscellaneous nymphs



A stonefly nymph of some sort



A golden stonefly nymph




another golden stonefly in his lair



Nymphs of salmonflies, golden stones, yellow stones, green stones, and a couple caddis all hunkered down on the bottom of a single rock


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