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The Phenological Fly takes the mystery out of meeting and matching the fabled insect super-hatches of the West with a proven and original approach to enhancing angling success. This guide links the appearance of the insect super-hatches (their phenology) to the blooming of native streamside wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Illustrated with detailed, full-color photographs of insects with their corresponding blooms.

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I do like The Phenological Fly as a guide, but I think Bob (God rest his soul) could have done better than using the Bastard Adams for all the mayflies.  A parachute pattern might work better on a long, slow glide where the trout get to inspect the fraudulent mayfly.

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Has anyone ever come across any serious Chironomid taxonomy for Alberta?   I was looking for general identification, Species level recognition can get really tough. 

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I've read that there are about 15000 different species of chironomidae but  I've never heard of any comprehensive study of the species prevalent in Alberta. There's some localized studies but I haven't found them useful for angling purposes. Differences are so minute. Colour and size within a specific species can apparently vary based on water depth, lake/stream bed soil composition, phosphorous levels, aquatic vegetation, calendar etc. leading to arguments over what constitutes a sub species and so on.  You could check out https://scholar.google.ca/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=chironomidae+alberta&btnG=   .  Good luck.......please let me know if you find anything useful. 

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