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Ginger Quill Spinners

Like most common names, "Ginger Quill Spinner" can refer to more than one taxon. They're previewed below, along with 8 specimens. For more detail click through to the scientific names.

Mayfly Species Maccaffertium ithaca

These are sometimes called Ginger Quill Spinners.
Maccaffertium ithaca (Light Cahill) Mayfly NymphMaccaffertium ithaca (Light Cahill) Mayfly Nymph View 9 PicturesThis specimen seems to be of the same species as a dun I photographed which emerged from another nymph in the same sample.
Collected May 29, 2007 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 4, 2007
Female Maccaffertium ithaca (Light Cahill) Mayfly DunFemale Maccaffertium ithaca (Light Cahill) Mayfly Dun View 10 PicturesThis female looks very much like a male I collected a few hundred miles away a few days later, so I'm guessing it's the same species, which I believe is Maccaffertium mediopunctatum.
Collected May 23, 2007 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 4, 2007

Mayfly Species Heptagenia solitaria

These are very rarely called Ginger Quill Spinners.
Heptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly NymphHeptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly Nymph View 1 Pictures
Collected February 27, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 28, 2011
Male Heptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly SpinnerMale Heptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly Spinner View 3 Pictures
Collected July 5, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 27, 2011
Heptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly AdultHeptagenia solitaria (Ginger Quill) Mayfly Adult View 4 PicturesThis species is common in the Flathead River below Kerr Day. The river here is fairly warm with a cobble and boulder bottom with heavy periphyton at times. This species is not common elsewhere in western Montana.
Collected July 4, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 28, 2011

Mayfly Species Maccaffertium vicarium

These are very rarely called Ginger Quill Spinners.
In the East and Midwest this is one of the most important hatches of the Spring. They are large flies which emerge sporadically, making for long days of good fishing.

This species contains the two classic Eastern hatches formerly known as Stenonema vicarium and Stenonema fuscum, the "March Brown" and "Gray Fox." Entomologists have discovered that these mayflies belong to the same species, but they still display differences in appearance which the trout notice easily. Anglers should be prepared to imitate both types.
Maccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly NymphMaccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly Nymph View 5 Pictures
Collected April 19, 2006 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on April 21, 2006
Male Maccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly DunMale Maccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly Dun View 10 PicturesI collected this mayfly on the same trip as a female of the same species. After these photos it molted into a spinner. This is the form of Maccaffertium vicarium which anglers call the "Gray Fox."
Collected May 28, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 24, 2006
Female Maccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly SpinnerFemale Maccaffertium vicarium (March Brown) Mayfly Spinner View 7 PicturesI collected this mayfly on the same trip as a male of the same species. They are Maccaffertium vicarium mayflies of the type formerly known as Stenonema fuscom, the "Gray Fox."
Collected May 28, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 24, 2006
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