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This little creek which is called a RIVER ,  in the Southern Sierras, holds a good population of stone flies. On this particular visit, Michael was workin’ the locals over with dries while I tossed small stone fly nymph patterns into the deeper drops that can be seen at Michael’s feet. I took some of the larger residents… on those patterns…

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Michael…somewhere in the Southern Sierras…on a small river that is full of stone flies…

What follows is a series of fairly easy to tie Stones that inhabit Western waters we visit…These bugs require clean, oxygenated unpolluted water!!! Please note that I have updated the links (in bold type) to some of the Fly Tying companies whose products I use…they will be updated on my front page under catalogs…eh…soon…

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STONE BOX completed…

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THE PICKLE – Pat Dorsey …

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Materials for THE PICKLE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 2220, #6 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .020-.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS: Black/Brown – Cascade Crest

BODY: Variegated Chenille, Medium, Lt.Olive/Rust – Wapsi

This has been around for awhile…good to have when Golden Stones are about (and they generally are in a range of sizes) in the waters me and my guys fish. Charlie Craven ties it HERE
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Some PICKLES…ready to be eaten…An ROACH FLY -1-

Yoraperla nigrisoma (Roach Fly) …

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Materials YOPERLA nigrisoma (Roach Fly)…

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…and NO, they won’t be found in most backyards…they are however,found ( so far ) in two additional states, that are not colored…

HOOK: TMC 2302, #10 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biots, Sulphur Orange

RIB: Micro Tubing, Brown

BODY: AZ Simi Seal #.34 Canadian Orange

WINGCASE9s): Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

LEGS: Speckled Hen Back, Yellow

ANTENNAE: Goose Biots, Sulphur Orange

BEAD: Brass or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Yup…they are up there on the East Side and while most fishermen don’t know about them, the Trout do…plan accordingly…

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YOPERLA nirisoma (Roach Fly) herd…

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Sweltsa borealis …

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Materials for Sweltsa borealis…

HOOK: Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Amber

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biot, Tan

BODY: Emergence Dubbing, #.70, Amber – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Amber

BACK: Scud Back, 1/8″, Tan

LEGS: Speckled Hen Saddle Feather, Amber, * tied convex side up and pulled over… like a Bat Wing Baetis

WINGCASE(s): Scud Back, 1/8″, Tan –  * whip finish and coat the entire top of fly with UV resin

 

Yeah…I go for the obscure latin names…these guys are found in a number of places here in the WEST. They are certainly in the Sierras and Ally ain’t waitin’ in vain below…

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A few Sweltsa borealis nymphs…

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Ally, waiting for those little guys to move into the shallows, on a late June evening, in the Madison channels…OLIVE UGLY -1-

UGLY BUG – Variegated (Black/Olive) …

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Materials for the UGKY BUG – Variegated (Black/Olive)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 -.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

BODY: Variegated Chenille, Medium, Black/Olive – Wapsi

LEGS: Medium, Olive/Black – Cascade Crest

 

This pattern goes by a number of different names and they may be tied in various colors,some imitative and some, like this, as more of an attractor. Just depends on what Mr. Trout is up for on any given occasion…

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Some UGLY BUGS…BELOW VARNEY BRIDGE -2-

Some UGLY BUG water…Below Varney Bridge, on the Madison River…

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PAT’S RL ( Brown/Amber)…Pat Dorsey …

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Materials PAT’S RL  (Brown/Amber)…

HOOK:  TMC 5262, 5263 – #6 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead sub.

BODY: Medium or Fine Dark Brown Chenille

LEGS: Super Floss, Amber – Larva Lace

This is a simple and effective tie that can be done in a number of sizes and colors to match a wide variety of Stone Flies. They are very useful in pocket and turbulent water where the Trout have to make a quick decision on food items…

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Another STONE FLY factory in the Eastern Sierras…which takes a 4X4 to get into…

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Some Stone Flies identified during a stream survey, in a watershed, not too far away from the above location…TIMS STONE CM -1-

TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE – Matthews/Variant …

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Materials TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE…

HOOK:  TMC 2302, 5212 – #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biots, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Hot Orange or Red

BODY: AZ Simi Seal, Black/Red … * taper with scissors

HACKLE: English Grouse

BEAD: Brass or Tungsten – sized to hook

Small black stoneflies represent many different orders of Plecoptera…they are good to have in a selection of sizes and configurations. This particular pattern is a recent addition done by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies and as with most of the patterns he does, it is simple and very effective. It may be used ALL YEAR LONG… some the larger orders of stone flies take up to three years to mature…so they start out small and become larger each season…

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TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE(s)….
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Michael, working a stone imitation, on the West Walker River…with a stick he needs to remove above his indicator…NEMORA FLYMPH -1-

NEMOURA STONE FLYMPH…

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Materials NEMOURA STONE FLYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, 2302 #10- #12

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville #47, Tobacco Brown, 6/0 – Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

TAILS: Two short fibers, Iridescent Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

ABDOMEN: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing,Brown

RIB: Olive/Brown Micro Tubing

WINGCASE(s): Bustard Thin Skin * coat with UV resin prior to adding hackle

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Amber

That little Brown Stonefly  (NEMOURA) found in the Eastern Sierras, is this guy. It is also found in other areas, primarily throughout the U.S. and Europe in various shadings…this is a good imitation to work along banks when they are preparing to exit the water and their nymphal form, to hatch in the stream side rocks and vegetation…

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NEMOURA STONE FLYMPHS – #10 & #12…HOLO SALLY UV2 -1-

HOLO SALLY UV2 …

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Materials HOLO SALLY UV2…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

TAIL: Goose Biots, Tan

UNDER BODY: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, Small, Yellow

OVER BODY: D-Rib, Medium, Yellow

BACK: Amber Zelon

RIB: Ice Thread, Rusty Brown

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, PMD

WINGCASE: Mottled Brown, Thin Skin – * coat with UV resin

ANTENNAE: Goose Biots, Tan

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper or Gold, sized to hook

The Little Yellow Sally is present throughout the West. I have seen some great hatches of this small stonefly, in the evening, on the Madison River, below Ennis Lake, in Beartrap Canyon. They also available to Trout in most watersheds in the Eastern Sierras (HERE) . It is a must carry stonefly imitation both in the nymphal and adult form…

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Ally, down in Beartrap Canyon on the Madison river…and there is a reason they call it BEARTRAP!!!

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HOLO SALLY(s) UV2…

 

NEXT: Finally getting around to SBSing these updated versions of GLF’s SPARKLE PUPA   done by Eric Slagle ,in Fly Tyer Magazine, Spring 2006…

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In use… on the East Walker River …

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Affirmed…the addiction is a genetic thing…

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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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