Posts Tagged ‘Stonefly

27
Apr
19

Stonefly time…

May is an optimum time for Stoneflies in Central Oregon rivers and elsewhere as the rivers warm. This is a simple pattern…like an enlarged nymph pattern.

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A size 8-10, 3xlong hook, goose biot tail, copper wire ribbing, black fur/synthetic dubbed abdomen/thorax. The ‘backstop’ from tail, up over the abdomen and thorax is turkey feather. The legs in front is a few wraps of black hackle fiber. A simple, yet productive tie. This pattern can be weighted with wraps of ‘lead’ wire or left unweighted and weight attached to the tippet. Blacks, brown, dark yellow/rust colors for the stonefly contingent that emerges/crawls out starting now into Summer.

30
Apr
15

Almost time…

the stonefly beckons

fly anglers on tumbling rivers

trout seek the morsels

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General info re Stoneflies at Troutnut.com

01
Dec
13

Stimulator Dry Fly: Getting A Rise………….

The Stimulator Dry Fly is a great pattern, which was created by Randall Kaufman for Stoneflies on streams. The original pattern was tied with an orange and a yellow body to replicate the Salmon Fly  & Golden Stone. This pattern is not only suitable for Stoneflies but in reduced sizes and different colors, perfect for large bodied Caddis as well (October Caddis & Traveling Sedge).

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Stimulator Dry Fly (Green Bodied)

Look at the following two links for very helpful how-to steps for tying the Stimulator:    

                 In The Riffle Stimulator S-B-S     Hopper Juan Stimulator How To

Now the next step in the learning process, that I always use, is how would I present this fly? That is based not just on what line to use and how to cast it, but most importantly where to cast to. And, that is determined by studying up on where the Stonefly or Caddis flies, that you are copying, reside in the stream, river or lake.

Their habitat, their stages…progression in the life cycle take place in certain types of waters as the stages evolve. So study up on how the stonefly ’emerge’ and when/where they return to the water as well as how the Caddis emerge and return to the waters surface. All that will determine where to cast, even how to cast. 

My pattern, above was sloppy in the tail and has less hackle wraps than you will see in the above how to’s. Do it their way! Mix up the abdomen colors: Orange, Yellow, Black, Green, Tan

30
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Latex Body (Segmentation)

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This seemed somewhat innovative several decades ago…wrapping narrow sections of stretchy latex up the hook shank, one slightly atop the other to form a plump, segmented body. Yet, you rarely see it now.  I rarely think to do it. It is a simple technique in the scheme of tying and with color markers (upon lighter colored latex strips) can appear very realistic. I include a nice Step by Step (SBS) tutorial from a 2007 post by Overbrook on the SE Fly Fishing Forum. It provides a nice visual re the segmented appearance of wrapped latex.

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21
Apr
10

Fly Tying: Low Riding Stonefly Dry (Jay Nicholas)

Nice looking Salmon Fly pattern (Stonefly Dry), low riding and tempting. Pattern is by Jay Nicholas...with some sort of  Salmon addiction and a lifetime of working to preserve Oregon fisheries. My goodness, it is late April. The Deschutes R. fever is right around the next calendar page. A heavy hackle and larger hook size away from one of my all time favorites from long ago…the Tied Down Caddis. It will come into its own again someday…not as a scud, but as a Caddis pupa.




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