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Stonefly Nymphs
FFS Stone Nymph, Brown Little Black Sloan
FFS Stone Nymph, Golden Jimmy Legs
Double Bead Peacock Stone Kaufmann Stone, Golden
Double Bead  Black Stone NEW! Speculator, Brown
NEW! Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Black NEW! Speculator, Golden
NEW! Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Golden Yellow Sally
Stoneflies are a small, but diverse family of insects that are adapted to well oxygenated streams and rivers. Stonefly nymphs have fixed gills that can only extract oxygen in moving water. If trapped in still water they die quickly. Most stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. The normal procedure is for nymphs to migrate to shore to hatch.

Real and fake Golden Stonefly Nymphs
This migration activity is attractive to trout, grayling and whitefish. Some smaller species do hatch mid river at the waters surface much like mayflies do. Nymphs of several giant stone flies live in our rivers for up to three years before they hatch into winged adults. They are available to trout in several sizes, nearly year round. As the nymphs grow they must take ever larger territory.

A giant SalmonflyNymph is about ready to hatch. Note that the orange adult is showing through the exoskeleton of the nymph.
  The redistribution of territory usually happens in mass with many insects changing territory at the same time. This is called a behavioral drift. The largest behavioral drift cycles of these stone fly nymphs occur mid-September through May. These mass movements of insects occur during the twilight of early morning and late evening. During these periods nymphs move down stream. Many are exposed to the currents and swept along out of control. Trout key on these vulnerable morsels. You should carry patterns in several different weights to cover different water depths and speeds. The flies listed below will cover all of the subsurface "giant stone fly" nymph activity. There are patterns such as the Little Golden Stone which cover many smaller species as well.

Several weeks before the hatch, nymphs of most species of stone flies, including the giant ones such as salmon flies and golden stones will start to migrate to staging areas along the banks. No other occurrence in our rivers produces a feeding frenzy like a migration of big stone fly nymphs. Even the largest trout find it hard to refuse a big stone fly nymph fished deep along the bottom. The peak of this activity is the last two weeks before the hatch

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starts and the first week after the hatch begins.
Illustration above copied from:
Guide To Aquatic Trout Food by Dave Whitlock, which is one of the most authoritative guides to stream entomology.

Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Black

These flies are so realistic you might think that they would crawl out of your hand. the trout love them too.


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02-0530-04 Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Black 4 3 for $7.50
02-0530-06 Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Black 6 3 for $7.50

Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Golden

This is a very realistic Golden Stonefly Nymph pattern that represents a wide variety of stonefly species. You can fish this fly year around.


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02-0540-08 Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Golden 8 3 for $7.50

Speculator, Brown
This is a deadly fly, especially when the water is off-color during spring run-off. The long, slim rubber legs crawl and swim in the currents. The reflective mylar back alternately flashes to disclose the fly's presence and then camouflages it by reflecting the colors of the surroundings, making this fly a real tease.
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NSF045 Speculator, Brown 6 3 for $7.50

Speculator, Golden
This fly has proven to be very effective under a wide range of conditions. It is both a fly that represents living insects, and a flashy lure that attracts strike by being different than other anglers presentation. Speculators are lightly weighted. Some knowledgeable anglers fish a speculator as a dropper fly under a a floating dry stonefly pattern. In this mode, the Speculator can represent a nymph crawling to the bank or a drowned adult.

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NSF047 Speculator, Golden 8 3 for $7.50

FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown
After reading "Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout" by Charlie Brooks we decided to try some heavy weighted Stone Fly Nymphs tied in-the-round. This method makes the nymph look the same whether up side down or right side up. This fly has been a success since 1975. Heavy weighted.
FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown
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11000-02 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 2 3 for $5.85
11000-04 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 4 3 for $5.85
11000-06 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 6 3 for $5.85
11000-08 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 8 3 for $5.85
11000-10 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Dark Brown 10 3 for $5.85

Kyle's Bead Head Yellow Sally
Donít let the name fool you. This is a Yellow Sally nymph that is hard to beat in May, June and July. The bonus plan is that Kyleís B.H. Yellow Sally works great all spring, summer and fall as a micro Golden Stone nymph.
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02002012 Kyle's Bead Head Yellow Sally Nymph 12 3 for $5.85
02002014 Kyle's Bead Head Yellow Sally Nymph 14 3 for $5.85

FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden
Like all other insects stoneflies must shed their exoskeletons in order to grow. Some species of stoneflies turn from dappled brown shades to gold color for a period after this process. This brightly colored nymph pattern is very effective during high water periods when newly transformed nymphs are being washed from the gravel. Heavy weighted.
FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden
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11500-06 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 6 3 for $5.85
11500-08 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 8 3 for $5.85
11500-10 FFS Stone Fly Nymph, Golden 10 3 for $5.85

Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph
Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stone
If you fish the Deschutes River, nearly any time of year, this is a must have fly. Resides like it and so do steelhead.
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02-0125-04 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 4 3 for $7.50
02-0125-06 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 6 3 for $7.50
02-0125-08 Speckle Leg Double Bead Peacock Stonefly Nymph 8 3 for $7.50

Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Giant Salmon flies are normally a three year life cycle. During most of their lives these insects crawl around on the bottom of the river devouring vegetable matter. They are black in color with few markings of other colors. However, years ago, some anglers noted that the addition of white legs made large black nymphs more effective. That is how the Girdle Bug fly became famous. In certain colors of water the striped legs probably show up better and are easier for trout to see.
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02-0110-04 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 4 3 for $7.50
02-0110-06 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 6 3 for $7.50

Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph
Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph
This is a deadly fly, especially when used in high, off colored water.
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03165-06 Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph 6 3 for $8.85

Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown
The longer Salmonflies remain in the same skin, the more algae grows on the outside of them, giving them an olive cast.
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NSF0089 Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown 4 3 for $7.50

Kaufmann Stone, Golden
Golden stoneflies hatch during the latter part of spring run-off in most watersheds. They are an important food source for trout during much of the year, but are most important Just before and during the hatch. Golden stonefly nymphs are usually dirty brownish gold in color. These flies are very heavy weighted.
Kaufmann Stone, Golden
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14270 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 8 3 for $7.00

Little Black Sloan
This winter stonefly nymph pattern was designed by David Sloan. It represents the small species of winter emerging stoneflies and also the smaller instars of a salmonfly nymph, which may take more than one season to reach full size. This makes the Little Black Sloan a good bet any time of year during low light conditions, when stonefly nymphs are likely to be mixed into the behavioral drift cycles.

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19192 Little Black Sloan 14 3 for $6.75
19193 Little Black Sloan 16 3 for $6.75

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