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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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Stoneflies & The Deschutes R. by Todd Moen

Found this Todd Moen video from Catch Mag over on LeMouching Blog (Cyril Kamir). Probably has circulated about quite a bit already but I loved watching it. Even if you don’t fish that much give it a watch and enjoy the big Redsides swamping those Stoneflies on the Deschutes River. Gets the juices flowing.


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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