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Slate Maroon Drakes

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**Epeorus
**Ironodes nitidus

Like most common names, "Slate Maroon Drake" can refer to more than one taxon. They're previewed below, along with 4 specimens. For more detail click through to the scientific names.

Mayfly Genus Epeorus

These are sometimes called Slate Maroon Drakes.
There is remarkable variety of form and color within this prolific genus of fast-water mayflies. Different species are found across the country, and several cause good hatches. Fly anglers are likely to encounter the lesser species on occasion, too.

The best Epeorus hatch in the East is Epeorus pleuralis, the famous Quill Gordon, the first abundant large mayfly hatch of the year. Epeorus vitreus comes a little later and is important in both the East and Midwest.

In the West, Epeorus longimanus dominates in fast, high-altitude streams, while Epeorus albertae inhabits slower and lower waters.
Epeorus (Little Maryatts) Mayfly NymphEpeorus (Little Maryatts) Mayfly Nymph View 9 Pictures
Collected May 6, 2007 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 18, 2007
Male Epeorus (Little Maryatts) Mayfly DunMale Epeorus (Little Maryatts) Mayfly Dun View 12 PicturesI hoped this dun would molt into a spinner for a positive ID, but it didn't. My best guess is Epeorus dulciana, but that's only because that's the smallest western Epeorus species, and this specimen is smaller than any of the others, with a body length of 5.3 mm (although it would be longer as a spinner) and a wing length of 8.5 mm.

It was collected at the same time as a similar-sized female dun.
Collected July 5, 2017 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on July 6, 2017
Male Epeorus albertae (Pink Lady) Mayfly SpinnerMale Epeorus albertae (Pink Lady) Mayfly Spinner View 14 Pictures
Collected July 11, 2017 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on July 12, 2017

Mayfly Species Ironodes nitidus

These are sometimes called Slate Maroon Drakes.
This large, relatively uncommon Western mayfly may produce short fishable hatches. Ernest Schwiebert remarked in Matching the Hatch about its unique appearance:

This large dark mayfly is one of the most unusually colored insects to hatch on Western streams, for its sternites (
One sternite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
One sternite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Sternite: The bottom (ventral) part of a single segment on an insect's abdomen.
)
are a reddish maroon.
Ironodes nitidus (Slate Maroon Drake) Mayfly AdultIronodes nitidus (Slate Maroon Drake) Mayfly Adult View 3 PicturesWhile relatively rare in most of western Montana, it is common in several small streams along the east side of Flathead Lake and streams on the south side of the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Collected June 25, 2008 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 28, 2011
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