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Stoneflies on the Deschutes R. (Oregon)…

My son, Tony Muncy of Muncy Designs and I ventured over for the day on the beautiful Deschutes R. in Central Oregon. Word ways the Stoneflies were ’emerging’ onto the shoreline vegetation. So we thought we would see if the Redside trout were at all connecting with the adult Stones or nymphs. We centered upon the river North of Maupin, Oregon and some 15 miles downriver we found plenty of Stonefly nymphs crawling out onto shoreline grasses. The adults were emerging from the nymph’s and fluttering into the trees. We fished nymphs hard with only a few bumps. As the shadows finally fell upon the river, the expectations were adult Stonefly patterns would yield splashy takes. Alas, the trout karma didn’t align with the bug karma. A few fish, tons of bugs, glorious scenery and weather. The hatch is evolving toward some amazing times for some fly fishers in the days ahead as the ‘hatch’ progresses up river and the trout and bug karmas align.

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California Stone-Tony Muncy-Muncy Designs-Deschutes R. Oregon


Golden Stonefly-Tony Muncy-Muncy Designs-Deschutes R. Oregon






Fly Fishing: ‘Water Loading’ Heavy Nymphs & Sling

Stonefly Nymph Box (SwittersB)

Ah, May/June! Chasing the Salmon Fly and Golden Stone crawl outs and hatches. Fishing your nymphs on the bottom where they crawl toward shore or below the rapids, where they have been dislodged and been carried into slightly deeper water. It is a fun Western U.S. event and interesting to witness the actual emergence (crawling onto shore/emergence from the nymphal body).  

This action will carry on into July depending upon water temps. The California Stones (Salmon Fly) will end first and the Golden Stones will linger longer. It is a chuck it-sling it-stay tight to the fly-short line-drift affair. You can and probably should attach a second fly to the Stonefly (smaller nymph or a wet fly). Just remember, to avoid tangles, to think of your cast as a lob, open loop affair rather than trying to produce a standard cast with a tighter loop. Tangles and hooks into the back of the neck may result. Some will advocate throwing a longer line, and indeed sometimes you will have to chuck and duck and mend to get to a prime lie. But, I would advise the beginner to fish shorter and tighter to the fly with only  a mend or two at most.  Casting a heavy nymph by loading rod with water tension…


Fly Tying: Stoneflies


Brooks Stonefly

Troutnut gives stoneflies less significance beyond the craziness of May-June on Western streams/rivers. The patterns associated with stoneflies, like most insect patterns, run from the simple to the complex. The Brook’s Stone, Montana Stone or Bitch Creek catch many fish. The above pattern was a simple tie. Leave off the backstrap/wingcase of turkey and you would have a Brooks Stonefly. The Golden Stonefly and Little Yellow Stonefly are Summer time staples. Stonefly patterns are often used as sources of weight to sink other nymphs, where weight cannot be affixed to the leader/tippet.

The above pattern has a goose biot tail. Copper wire ribbing is wrapped over a turkey backstrap and black dubbed abdomen. The same dubbing material is used to dub a heavier thorax, which was over wrapped with black hen hackle and that covered by the same extended turkey fibers to form the wingcase. I have used black, fuzzy yarn before to form the abdomen/thorax, as opposed to dubbing. Hackle fibers could be used for the tail rather than the goose biots, although the biots look more realistic for a stonefly nymph and are more durable. The biots (tail) must be spread and not collapsed. Here is a tutorial that shows the attachment of the biots.


Golden Stones (Tying In The Round, To Cover The Seasons)


Golden Stones ~ Naturliches by Frank Z (PBase)

Stoneflies, big and small, armor plated morsels crawling, emerging and fluttering clumsily. Ever camp near the emergence and later find one or more crawling out of your camping gear once home? Tenacious critters. May and June, the larger California Salmon flies came off. Now the Goldens and Lil yellow stones are about. In the Winter little brown/black stones. And, throughout the year all these nymphs are in and around the substrate of streams. For a beginner, keep any pattern tied simple. Mix the size and colors to match the type of stonefly, while retaining the simple pattern. (Brooks Stone: Kind of a mutt, I know, but it works).


Brooks Stonefly~Central Alberta Flytying Club

Brooks Stonefly~Central Alberta Flytying Club

A simple stonefly pattern tied in the round. A good, basic pattern. Weight it. No need for windcases, bead heads, rubber legs. Vary the sizes and colors. Impressionistic, easy to tie. 

Now, if you are a more accomplished tyer or able to order from The Caddis Fly Shop you could throw these notables: Mega Prince and Possie Bugger

Mega Prince & Possie Bugger

Mega Prince & Possie Bugger

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