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Yup……these are some patterns I will be putting in the East Walker River box for May 2014…some things I have wanted to tie up for awhile. If one has never been to Bridgeport, CA, where the East Walker River is located, I would not plan on rushing up there this Spring/Summer/Fall, unless the intention is to fish the reservoir or higher elevation lakes. We are in the third year of a drought which has seen very little snowpack in the Sierras…Bridgeport Reservoir will not be anywhere near this full:

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The RES.  – Spring 2011…it was full – then…I will not fish the East Walker during the stated periods unless the flows are at least 100-125cfs.

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We love these guys too much…

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For flows on the East Walker River see HERE

 

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A May 2014 Box of assorted fly patterns…

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BROWN UV2 SUGAR  NYMPH – Davies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #18

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 Lead or Lead sub.

SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Russet – 10-12 non-flash strands, 1 flash strand (for a #14 hook)

ABDOMEN: Flashabou Brown Holographic Tinsel – * coat  thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping tinsel

RIB: Ultra Wire Hot Orange, small or brassie

WINGLETS: Goose Biots, Red Quill

LEGS: 3 each side, tilted upwards, Rust or Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: 50/50 mix UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust / UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A take off on Canadian tier, Jeremy Davies’  “Spidey Nymph”. I tie a lot of his patterns – because they work…period

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Materials BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPH…

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BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPHS…

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UV2 PMD CRIPPLE/EMERGER …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Yellow

SHUCK: Antron, Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, PMD

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

HACKLE: UV2 Ginger/Cream

Something in a PMD to hang in the surface film when these Western bugs are hatching…any where. If it is cold and raining, they will trickle off for most of an afternoon. The Trout know this…I like this hook form cripple/emerger patterns…

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Materials UV2 CRIPPLE/EMERGER PMD…

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UV2 CRIPPLE /EMERGER PMD(s)….

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STILLWATER SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16 – #18

THREAD: Persall’s Silk Thread, #.12 Cardinal

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun, Gold, x-fine

THORAX: Iridescent  Dyed Peacock , Olive Dun – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

A simple soft hackle using a different material for the thorax…and for some reaso, that olive dun color works in certain places, the Stillwater River in MT being one such place. In the materials photo, note the Matarelli Bobbin. It was designed to hold Persall’s Silk thread. Get one before they disappear… forever…

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Materials STILLWATER SH…

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STILLWATER SOFT HACKLES…

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My BOZOS, mulling it over… on the Stillwater River, MT…

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BOX in progress…This is my DeWitt working box…

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BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Gun Metal Blue

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass, Blue Peacock, x-sm

Another attractor type Midge with some blue highlights…Blue has some spectacular days on the East Walker working on both Rainbows and Browns…

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Materials BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE…

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BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGES…

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) – Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14… Light B/G

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) …

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: ,015 – .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Abdomen- UTC 70 Denier Light Olive / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss, Light Olive

FLASH BACK: Hedron Glow-In-The-Dark (Orange) Flashabou… One Strand

OVER ABDOMEN: Scud Back, 1/8″. Tan

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, Tan

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Always playing with stuff to imitate those free living Caddis Larvae on the East Walker River…

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Materials POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA…

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS …

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HB FURNACE & HERL (Brown) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

HOT BUTT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.5, Fl. Orange

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

This is just a generic peacock soft hackle with a hot butt and bead…for use in lakes, I would omit the bead. I have a lot of success with these types of soft hackle patterns and will eventually tie them in Purple, Black, Red, Orange, Blue and Dun…using different hen hackling, starling and partridge .Me thinks they would take a couple of Trout on this water…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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Materials HB FURNACE & HERL…

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HB FURNACE & HERL (s)…

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TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS – Ritt/Variant (Gray) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16, Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, Gray / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0 Gray Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

UNDER WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Internatioal Fibers, BWO – mixed with 3 strands of Midge Mirage Opal

OVER WING: Yearling Elk, Gray

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry Adams Gray

HACKLE: Medium Dun

This is an Al Ritt pattern that uses snowshoe hare for the over wing in the original pattern. This Gray Caddis would be for the east Walker River to be fished a long the edges, under the willows, below, in early June. I like to present these guys downstream… so Mr. Brown sees the fly first…

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Michael… working along the willows on the EWR…with a 10′, 5wt.

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Materials TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS…

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HAPPY TRAILS…

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ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1273, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0, Red

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Glass Hi-Lite, Quicksilver, x-sm

Keep the Micro Tubing tight while wrapping back to the bend, then forward. It will not slip. Translucence and segmentation, the identity of Midge sub-surface…

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Materials ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE…

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ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGES…

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RED VINE GIRL on the Stillwater River, MT…

 

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant – TMC 2488, #16 – #18…

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant  (light B/G)…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/CARPACE: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers – 3

RIB: Ice Thread, Black

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Olive Brown

WING CASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 12 -16 strands, pulled over and split

OVER WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – *Coat with UV Resin

This Baetis/BWO pattern is SIMILAR TO JUAN’s… Juan would be Juan Ramirez aka: THE HOPPER JUAN…it is a combination of two different patterns I viewed there…

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Materials STJ’s…

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STJ’s…

 

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MRB – (Mink, Resin, Brassie) – Copper/Brown…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN:  Wapsi UTC wire, Copper Brown, SM – Coat wit UV Resin

THORAX: Mink body hair, Natural Brown

A simple Brassie pattern that may be tied on straight or curved hooks. I started coating the wire wraps with Dave’s Flexament, then UV Resin several years ago, up in Montana. This pattern really works well on reddish bottomed stream beds like the Stillwater in MT. I use it during the first PMD hatches that occur there just when the run off starts, in late June – early July and fish it along the edges and softer water. Use different colored wires for other bottom conditions but stick with mink for the thorax because of it’s ability to retain air bubbles…Mink is now available in a lot of dyed colors – use it !

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Materials MRB…

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MRB(s)…

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MRB –  a very effective pattern …in MT, on the Stillwater…

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BLACK PEARL …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: (Not Pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 Strands Black / 1 Strand Pearl Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest – * Coat with Hard as Hull or SHAN

WING: 1 Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten (Silver), sized to hook

A flashy Zebra type Midge pattern which is very effective on Eastern Sierra tail waters, like the East Walker River, or anywhere a Zebra Midge might be used…

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Materials for BLACK PEARL…

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BLACK PEARL (s)…

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EWR CRIPPLE – Matthews/ MGC Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Light Olive

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Medium Dun, V-Notched, at the bottom

This is a BWO version of Craig Matthew’s Madison Guide Cripple… Video HERE…Never enough Baetis/BWO patterns…

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Materials EWR CRIPPLE…

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EWR CRIPPLES…

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East Walker River Brown…

 

 

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MR. T CADDIS (UV2/TPI) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

UNDER WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, Black

This is an older BRF/Craig Matthew’s pattern that was designed for that “greasy sunlight”, just at dusk, on the Madison River. The black wing helps the angler see the fly under those lighting conditions. The wing material is treated with WATERSHED. so it floats real nice…

 

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Materials MR. T Caddis…

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MR. T(s)…

4.8.13 3Caddis time on the Madison River, MT…where the little guy below hatches during the dog days of Summer…

GLOS MAT -1-GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16

THREAD: Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Shell Pink / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Amber, small

ABDOMEN: LaFontaine Touch Dubbing, Pink

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, Tan

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

This is THE MOST IMPORTANT Caddis in the Eastern Sierras, which is not the only place that it is found. Most Fly Fisherman, who travel to those waters, don’t even know about it. Like Ralph Cutter says in the article that I have linked to, “Learn how to use this pattern!”. Craig Matthews ties it HERE

 

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Materials GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

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GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

KISS MIDGE LARVA -2-K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA – Chartreuse …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – for the head only

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Chartreuse

Start the Micro Tubing at the head position, after tying it in, keep it under tension wrapping back into the bend then forward…one may add some Iridescent Peacock for a thorax- if desired. These are simple, translucent and portray hints of segmentation…fish this about 6″ off the bottom …

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COPPER LOTUS -1-COPPER LOTUS – Egan/Variant…

HOOK: – TMC 100 SPBL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

RIB: Uni 6/0, Black – twisted

WING CASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #.5, Fl. Hot Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on Lance Egan’s “IRON LOTUS”… tied on a straight shank hook with some different elements added A curved shank hook like the TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130 works well too.I prefer keeping the abdomen thin on these patterns This pattern imitates a small May Fly in an attractor sort of way…A video for the original pattern may be viewed HERE

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Materials COPPER LOTUS…

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I will be able to use some of them with this little lightweight set-up I have not put to work in a long time:

bamboo-stillBamboo,Abel, H&L Variant and ‘Bow…on the Stillwater River, MT...

 

NEXT: Some interesting hooks and beads from the TROUT LEGEND STORE …with bugs tied on them – of course…

PT/TB

 

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Here are a few being worked on for Spring and the Eastern Sierras…There is a dearth of soft hackle, stone fly patterns drifting around – these are some that I have spied and tweaked for my (and the kid’s) use in those waters I love on the run between Bishop, CA and Gardnerville, NV. The first pattern (below) is another good’un from CO tier Eric Pettine…this design was inspired by a bottle of Wild Turkey on the Poudre River in Colorado. Some of Mr. Pettine’s creations may be viewed HERE…I have tweaked this pattern for use on the East Walker River, in March, when the Skwala Stoneflies are about…It may also be tied in black, dark brown and yellow, in the appropriate sizes to portray an impressionistic (and easy to tie) versions of other species of stoneflies…

RAT FACED SPIDER – Pettine  / Variant (Skwala)…Side view

HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68, Daiichi 1120, #6-#10
THREAD: Uni 6/0 or Wapsi Ultra 140 Denier – Brown
TAILS: Natural Goose Biots
BODY: Hare’s Ear Dubbing, #3, Bunny Mask -( From Crown)
RIB: Glitter D Rib, Medium, Amber
THORAX: Hare’s Ear Dubbing, #1, Bunny Mask – (From Ear’s)
WINGCASE: x2, Mottled Thin Skin
HACKLE: Speckled India Hen Back

Tilted view…

Michael working some water that holds excellent populations of Skwala Stoneflies on the East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

BROWN HOLO STONE – Egry-Davies / Variant…Tilted view…

HOOK: TMC 2302,5262,5263 or Daiichi 1270, # 12-#16

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Brown for under/abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Brown for thorax – forward

TAIL: Hareline speckled crazy legs, Olive

RIB: Copper Brown wire, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou, 2-4 strands

THORAX: Brown UV Ice Dub

WINGCASE(s): x2, Mottled Brown Thin Skin

HACKLE: Brown Hen Hackle

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass

Side-ish view…

The Holo-Stone is a Joe Egry pattern. I first described it HERE in February, 2009. Since then, I have had an opportunity to use both the gold and black versions in a number of different locations on the East and West slopes of the Sierras…this is a good pattern that has taken some very nice fish for all of us. I have been itchin’ to get my hands on some Brown Holographic Tinsel to tie a version in this color…the wingcase(s) are a tweaked touch from Canadian tier Jeremy Davies…I have seen his use of Thin Skin this particular way and have employed it in a number of Stonefly patterns…I like Stonefly patterns that give the impression of movement…I add rubber or silicone legs for use in off-color water…


MIRAGE COPPER SEXY STONE – Gauerke / Variant…Tilted view…

HOOK: TMC 2302,5262.5263, Daiichi 1270 #10-#16

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 denier, Brown (to thorax) – Tiemco 16/0, Brown – forward

WEIGHT: 0.15-0.20 Lead or lead sub. (under thorax)

TAG: Pink UV Ice Dub (between tails)

TAILS: Tan Goose Biots

OVER ABDOMEN: Medium Mirage Opal Tinsel

WEAVE: Ultra Wire, Copper Brown wire (top), F. Orange wire (bottom)…Brassie, Medium or Small – sized to hook

THORAX: Spirit River Squirrel Blend – Rust / SLF Prism #120, Amber…70/30 mix

WINGCASE(s): x3, Mottled Brown Thin Skin

HACKLE: Brown Partridge Feather ( lower back of skin)

BEAD: Optional copper or gold, tung. or brass

Side-ish view…

This is a CHAD GAUERKE pattern that I just could not resist. The variations are limitless…check out his site for some most excellent flies and thoughts…He ties a lot with interesting  products from Europe…

Meanwhile…I will wait for Spring to put these guys to the test…in here…

PT in the East Walker…down river…

NEXT: Midges…a bunch

PT/TB Christmas Smilies - ELF

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Jeremy Davies ties interesting patterns that catch Trout…this fly, which is a take off of one his designs, created for use in some of the freestone and tail water fisheries that me and the kids frequent in California and other locations in the West. This is an attractor, larvae pattern that I would use at almost anytime of the year – since stoneflies are always present and at some stage of their growth process in rocky and boulder strewn streams and rivers…

The TROOP…lined up…

Michael contemplates which pattern to use in the Canyon of the West Walker River…a location LOADED with stoneflies…

“Try this one, son…”

In this spot, Buffalo Jump, Stillwater River, MT…I’d use something with copper/brown or rust wire built into the abdomen…YES rust wire

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HOOK: TMC 2302, #10-#16 or Daiichi 1760, #10-#16 (GREAT HOOK)

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: Lead or lead substitute

BEAD: Black Brass or Black Tungsten

TAIL: Two Brown Goose Biots

ABDOMEN: Black Brassie 1 Strand, Hot Yellow 2 strands – or wire of choice Red, Black, Rust, Olive, Brown, Copper/Brown etc…I use TWO coats of AquaHead on abdomen…

LEGS/THORAX: Brown Goose Biots…two pairs on each side of thorax

THORAX: Awesome Possum Black, SLF PRISM…mixed

MOTION: India Hen Neck Feather, 1-1 1/2 turn, split at top and covered by Thin Skin

WING CASE: Thin Skin, Mottled Oak

CENTIPEDE LEGS: Montana Fly Company, Speckled Yellow/Black/Red, medium

Prior to hatch, stoneflies will move to edges of moving water or will crawl out on exposed rocks, boulders and logs to become the winged adults..I fish ’em deep prior to this…

Another good stonefly environment…The Stillwater River, MT…

“GET BACK…in formation!!!…

Michael, on the East Walker River, where Skwala stoneflies abound…

Weave some of these into the fly boxes…

NEXT:  THE ” V” MIDGE

PT/TB

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