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This topic is about the Caddisfly Family Limnephilidae

This huge family appropriately contains huge caddisflies. Many of its genera are important, but the western genus Dicosmoecus (the Giant Orange Sedge or October Caddis) is especially important as a big-trout hatch.

Limnephilidae contains so many species that it is difficult to generalize about them all. LaFontaine commented on the task in Caddisflies:

The fact that fly fishermen need broad principles of biology, not a collection of exceptions, makes it difficult to handle this family.

I recommend learning which genera or species are prevalent in your area and studying them specifically. Read more...

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GONZOOctober 8th, 2006, 5:19 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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I believe the genus Apatania is in its own family--Apataniidae. Also, because not all Limnephilidae are "giants," the most frequently used common name for this family is "Northern Caddisflies."
TroutnutOctober 9th, 2006, 9:12 am
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Bellevue, WA

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Thanks. I've just made all those changes. I hadn't seen the "Northern Caddisfly" name before.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TaxonOctober 9th, 2006, 9:44 am
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Plano, TX

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Gonzo & Jason-

Northern Casemakers is the common name I've more often seen family Limnephilidae called.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
GONZOOctober 9th, 2006, 12:04 pm
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Roger's right, "Casemakers" is probably more common, but both are used. (Actually, I included both in my original post, but edited out "Casemakers" when I couldn't remember if it was one word, two words, or hyphenated. I didn't want to make an incorrect correction.) I've also seen "Diverse Caddisflies," which certainly fits this vast and confusing family.

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