Black Stonefly Stimulator

black-stimulator-fly

Around the end of March, black stoneflies begin to emerge on rocks in streams.  This is also the time that steelhead begin to enter rivers in the spring to make their annual pilgrimage to their natal, headwaters streams.  Although most fish won’t be looking up for their food just yet, often they can be teased with a well skated dry fly. Black stone flies will be present through June and even beyond in many places, so keep a few of these patterns in your fly box all season long. [singlepic id=40 w=500 float=center] Hook various sizes of stimulator hooks Thread black 6/0 Tail stacked elk hair Abdomen Hackle black dry fly hackle Ribbing gold wire Body black dry fly dubbing

Golden Stonefly Stimulator Fly Pattern

stimulator

Once the end of May and the beginning of June are here, my go to fly pattern for large trout is the golden stonefly stimulator pattern.  These are big, bushy flies that have many uses.  Not only will they imitate large stoneflies well, but they also imitate grasshoppers, beetles, bees and even small mammals such as moles that may fall into the river.  Keep a good inventory of these bushy fly patterns in your fly box all summer long. [singlepic id=38 w=500 float=center] Hook various sizes of stimulator hooks Thread brown 6/0 Tail stacked elk hair Abdomen Hackle Red Cock Ribbing gold wire Body yellow dry fly dubbing Wing Stacked Elk Hair Thorax Orange dry fly dubbing Hackle grizzly Head

High Riding Elk Hair Caddis – Hackled

elk-hair-caddis

When caddis are skittering and flying about the streams surface, they tend to bounce around on top of the water.  I’ve noticed this tends to happen in areas where the water is flowing quite quickly.  Mimicking the behavior of caddis  at this stage in their lives, the egg laying stage can be a tough task.  The method I usually employ is skating the fly on the surface, and usually making quite the disturbance on the surface as well.  This is a good thing, as the caddis flies are doing the same thing.   Check out this article and video about skating dry flies. [singlepic id=43 w=500 float=center] Hook size 12 – 18 dry fly Thread brown 6/0 Body olive dry fly