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Mayfly Species Epeorus longimanus (Slate Brown Dun)

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Epeorus longimanus and Epeorus albertae are the two most common Epeorus species in the West.  

Where & When

Region: West

Time Of Year (?): June through mid-August, peaking in mid-June to mid-July, for about one week in any given location

Altitude: Above 5,000 feet
According to Ernest Schweibert in Matching the Hatch, the trout "respond very well" to this hatch. Fred Arbona in Mayflies, the Angler, and the Trout called the hatches disappointing, noting that they may be overshadowed by simultanenous hatches of Rhithrogena hageni.

Hatching Behavior

Time Of Day (?): Anytime; sometimes concentrated in late morning

The nymphs emerge sporadically on the bottom in the shallows and rise to the surface as duns.

Spinner Behavior

Time Of Day: Midday

Habitat: Fast water

Nymph Biology

Current Speed: Fast

This species is found more in the cold headwaters than Epeorus albertae and Epeorus grandis.

Pictures of 5 Mayfly Specimens in the Species Epeorus longimanus:

Specimen Page:12
Female Epeorus longimanus (Slate Brown Dun) Mayfly SpinnerFemale Epeorus longimanus (Slate Brown Dun) Mayfly Spinner View 1 PicturesI associated this female with a male I collected one night later. For a great and informative discussion of all Epeorus species and other mayflies be sure and read, WESTERN MAYFLY HATCHES by R. Hafele and D. Hughes. They rate all of the western mayflies and they rate the hatch of this genus a 25 out of a possible 45 points based on several rating criterion. They provide insect photos, possible fly patterns and fly presentations. This is a great book.
Collected July 24, 2011 from the Touchet River in Washington
Added to by Bnewell on July 25, 2011
Specimen Page:12

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