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These will be a few patterns that Michael has requested that I tie up for his use back East this coming Spring. I will also be testing them out on some Western waters as the weather warms and the flows (finally) subside…These are primarily attractor patterns meant to be fished sub-surface…the next SMATTERING will be surface and film patterns…

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SMATTERING FLY BOX .1

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THE PHANTOM , Vince Wilcox Variant…

HOOK: TMC C200BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: 3 Black Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Veevus Body Quill over working thread

RIB: 1 strand DNA Chromosome – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE: 1/32″ Holographic Mylar Motion, Black

GILLS: Fluoro Fibre, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Purple

BEAD: Silver Tungsten – sized to hook –  *Coat Wingcase with UV Resin

The Phantom is a loose adaptation of Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine” using different materials and having a thinner profile. Here is Vince tying the pattern…

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Moo in the water of the Trout that like the PURPLE…East Walker River

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Materials THE PHANTOM…

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THE PHANTOM(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS DIVER 

HOOK: Umpqua C300BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAG: Chartreuse Fluoro Fibre

OVERABDOMEN: (Over Olive thread) – Chartreuse Flashabou #6962

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread, Black – #8051*Coat with UV Resin

WINGS: Flexi Floss, White

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A Caddis attractor due for plunking here:

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East Walker River…some residents…

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Materials FLOSS DIVER…

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FLOSS DIVER(s)…#10’s…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Claret Veevus Body Quill – over working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Lt. Copper #6011 – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Herl, Brown – 3-4 fibers

HACKLE: Whiting Natural Coq  De Leon

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

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Copper – sized to hook

An attractor jig pattern in a dark color with some perky, sparkly hackle…That Micheal will be trying out here:

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Upper Delaware River…

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Materials UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

HOOK: Tiemco C200BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Guinea Fowl feather fibers

FLASHBACK: Opal Tinsel, Med.

ABDOMEN:Spanflex, Olive – over working thread base

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Red – SM. – * Coat with UV Resin

WING: White Fluoro Fibre

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Bug Collar (Bozeman Fly Goods), Fl. Orange, – sized to hook

BEAD: Tungsten, Black  – Sized to hook

A pure attractor pattern for use here… in the late Spring…

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East Walker River…

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Materials FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN(s)…#14’s…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive- Olive/Brown …

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – 1 UV Olive / 1 UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Slotted faceted tungsten, Gold -sized to hook

This is the first of a series of variants on Loren William stonefly pattern. Michael has used two of these variants patterns I have tied for him and has done quite well with them. So well, he requested more. Try some…

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Materials UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Olive- Olive/Brown…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE(s) – Olive- Olive/Brown…#8’s…

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Stone water, in the Canyon of the West Walker River…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan – Williams/Variant…

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Wapsi Sili Legs, Barred Brown

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1Brown, 1 Tan

BEAD: Slotted Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A second variation on Loren Williams pattern to imitate smaller Brown-ish stonefly nymphs. I would use these in larger CA freestone rivers on the Eastside like the West Walker River and the East Fork of the Carson River as well as some West Slope Sierra waters…see here for suggestions…they would work well on this water as well…

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SFK…Monache Meadows…

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Materials TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan, #10’s…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua U506 #2 – #4

THREAD: UTC 140 Denier, Black

WEIGHT:.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone, Orange/Black

BODY: 1 strand each,tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1 UV Black, 1 UV Purple

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A further continuation on the Loren Williams pattern. I prefer stonefly patterns that are suggestive and that have a lot of movement built into their construction…I would fish this wherever these might be found and in the following manner …Below would be a good place to start the follow the migrating hatch upstream (just remember to stay well ahead of it)…

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Above Ennis Lake on the Madison River…

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Materials UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE (s) – Black/Purple…#2 & #4…

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TWO TONE PF STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive Brown/Yellow…

HOOK: Umpqua s506, #4

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone Legs, Olive/Black Flake

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille Yellow/ UV Olive/Brown

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

Another variation on Loren Williams stonefly pattern which has demonstrated it’s effectiveness on this water for Michael…

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Willowemoc Creek, NY…

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Materials TWO TONE PF STONE…

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TWO TONE PF STONE(s) – #4’s…

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The hook and bead…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua 403 BLJ Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #61 – Lt. Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: UTC Tinsel (Gold side) x-sm –  * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squireell dubbing, Golden Olive

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott design. For instructions, see the link on the below Blue Devil Jig pattern. Here is another version which is where this guy will be going this Summer with me and Michael…

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Above $3.00 Bridge, on the Madison River, MT…

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Materials GOLD DEVIL JIG…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG(s) – #12’s…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL Hook, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub. – *not pictured

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: Guinea feather fibers

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread #8052, Royal Blue* Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Black

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott atractor pattern. The video maybe found HERE…I used Sulky instead of flashabou because it is more durable and a black, instead of Silver, bead to tone it down a bit…

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Materials BLUE DEVIL JIG…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG(s) – #14…

 

NEXT: SMATTERINGS II…What floats

 

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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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Another new product from Spirit River that will find it’s way into some Spring patterns I have in my head…

Spirit River Halo Wire…

“This is a very fine gold wire with a creamy-clear vinyl coating. It gives a very realistic segmentation and a slight glow emits from under the body. This wire is prefect for wets and nymphs bodies in sizes 10 thru 16. It also takes a marker well so the options are endless.”

I have already seen a Caddis Larva tied with this material…very interesting…in fact, it kinda’ looked lie this:

HALO LARVA, #14-#16…(1.14.2012)…MORE on this later…

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(Little Inyo Win. Stone)…#16-#18…

Or, one of those obscure little bugs that I pursue –  often overlooked by the Fly Fisherman…but, never by the Trout…these little guys were first observed in 1987, about a mile and a half above where my two favorite Bozos are standing…

Ally and Michael in the creek – studies and observation group (SOG)…

Their range..USGS Map…Inyo Snowfly

These little stone flies were discovered down here…

LITTLE INYO WIN. STONE…side view…

HOOK: Tiemco 2302, # 16-#18
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Brown
TAIL: MFC speckled centipede legs – Mini- Brown
UNDER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash, Rusty Brown
OVER ABDOMEN: D- Rib, Small, Brown
THORAX: 50/50 Mix, Chopped Hare-Tron, Dark Brown / AZ Simi Seal #.19, Canadian Brown
CARPACE: Thin Skin, Mottled Oak
HACKLE: MFC Henry’s Fork Hackle, Brown (CDC)
LEGS: Same as Tail
BEAD: Tung. Copper 5/64 or 1/16 for # 18

LITTLE INYO WIN. STONE…tilted view…

These Stone Flies live deep in the stream bed until they are ready to emerge as adults. They move to the margins of the stream, crawl out of the water and escape as adults. The Trout feed on the nymphs and adults…a number of them will always be present in the late winter and spring depending on water temperature and elevation…I carry these in Brown and Black…The Black are tied down to size # 20 on a TMC 200R hook…

It pays dividends to have some in the fly box…

Location, location, location…

NEXT: Some larger soft hackles…to imitate Stone Flies and some other stream side bugs..

PT/TB

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