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Spring Run Off
Stonefly Nymphs
Rajeff Brothers To Preform At: Sandy River Spey Clave 2012
The Rajeff Brothers, Steve & Tim grew up in San Francisco. As soon as they were old enough to ride bikes, they showed up at the Golden Gate Casting Club nearly every day. Each started casting fly rods when they were about nine years old, and they learned from the best casting instructors of the era. Many of their early instructors were already World Champions.
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Steve Rajeff
Steve Rajeff:  When it comes to delivering long, accurate casts or dropping a fly on a dime, nobody in the world does it better than the G. Loomis Director of Research & Development, Steve Rajeff.  Rajeff has dominated the world of competitive casting for over three decades. He has no less than 29 national and 13 world All Round Championships on his casting resume. Steve holds the current National single and two hand fly distance records at 238 feet and 295 feet respectively. Steve and his brother Tim were winning teammates in the recent Outdoor Life Network Flyfishing Masters Championship. Steve gives G. Loomis a powerful advantage against the competition with a deep understanding of how fly rods work, because he can make them perform better than any one else in the world. We know of no other athlete who has dominated his sport like Steve Rajeff.
Watch Steve Rajeff & Steve Choate (The G. Loomis guys):
5/19, 10:30am - 11:00am, Steve Rajeff & Steve Choate' "Line Speed Generation"
5/20,
9:30am - 10:00am, Steve Rajeff & Steve Choate, "Line Speed Generation"
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Tim Rajeff

Tim Rajeff:  Tim is Steve Rajeff's younger brother. You might have seen him. He's that magnetic guy hanging around the casting pond at the sport shows, the Energizer Bunny guy...the one throwing those incredibly long narrow loops of fly line. Or maybe you've seen him OLN channel where he hosts LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

As you can imagine, growing up in the competitive atmosphere of the Golden Gate Casting Club, Steve and younger brother Tim developed an intense fly casting rivalry between each other. The rivalry peaked in 1984 when Tim won the National combined Fly Casting Distance and Accuracy trophy and narrowly missed the grand all-round title as well. In doing so Tim broke the national distance record for the ten weight line class at 186 feet and the 15 foot rod class record at 265 feet. Timís international recognition came in 1984 in Lintz Austria where he captured the Worldís Single Hand Fly Distance gold medal with a cast of 205 feet. Tim retired from competitive casting in 1985 and now is the owner of Rajeff Sports, the North American distributor of Aiflo fly lines and owns his own rod company, ECHO rods and reels. Timís future calls for hosting more fly fishing and casting schools combined with an advanced casting book and video with his brother Steve.
Watch Tim Rajeff:
5/19, 11:30am - 12:00pm, Tim Rajeff,  
5/20, 2:00pm-2:30pm, Tim Rajeff,


Catch Trout During Spring Run Off
It's happening now! Spring is here. Rivers are full of snow melt water throughout much of North America. With the opening of trout season comes spring run-off. Recent warm Pacific storms have put most Oregon rivers bank full. While some may be unfishable at the moment there have been windows of opportunity in many rivers as the peak of the run-off seems to be receading. Obviously if a river is running swiftly through the streamside vegetation it is going to be very difficult to find a place to fish. But if the river is at a level where calmer water is reachable beyond the vegetation, fishing is not only possible, but can be extremely productive. High, fast water tends to condense fish populations because there is less water flowing at comfortable speeds. Often the best water speeds occur right against the shore line where the fish are easiest to cast to. Many times wading is unnecessary, because as soon as you step off the bank, you are standing in the middle of the fish..
During periods of high water there is a lot of bed-load-shift on the bottom and sides of the river channel.  Along with the movement of gravels and soils many aquatic trout food organisms are washed down the river. This is called catastrophic drift. The superabundance of food can put trout on the bite. As a river rises the soft parts of the bottom sift first. Weed beds and the soft silts that support them tear loose from the stream bed. This is the prime habitat for leeches and aquatic worms. As the water continues to rise and the velocity increases the smaller gravels start to move. Some of these gravel can contain the eggs of steelhead an trout that spawned when the river level
was lower. These gravels also contain many aquatic invertebrates such as mayfly and stone fly nymphs, caddis and crane fly larvae. Large stonefly nymphs are a good bite for even the largest river trout. Try fishing a heavily weighted stonefly nymph on a dropper with an egg fly. This kind of rig is often referred to as "steak & eggs". Or replace the egg with a worm...sounds pretty basic. Who can deny that both worms and eggs catch trout in high water. Now you can use your fly rod, avoiding the mess and turn your catch loose unharmed, if you wish.

Stonefly Nymphs
NEW! Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Black NEW! Speculator, Brown
NEW! Improved Rubber Leg Stone, Golden NEW! Speculator, Golden
Bitch Creek Double Bead Brown Stone Kaufmann Stone, Brown
FFS Stone Nymph, Brown Double Bead Golden Stone Kaufmann Stone, Golden
FFS Stone Nymph, Golden D. B. Peacock Stone Montana Stone
Little Black Stone D. B. Pearl Back Stone Yellow Sally
Double Bead Peacock Stone Jimmy Legs Ugly Bug
Double Bead Black Stone Kaufmann Stone, Black
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

If you want to know more about how to be successful with stone fly nymphs, read "Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods" by Dave Whitlock.  (Click here to BUY)
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.


Item Description Size Price To Top
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

Bitch Creek
This woven chenille body stone fly nymph has been a favorite in the Rocky Mountain States since the early '60s. It is also a popular steelhead fly on the West Coast, particularly in Oregon.
Heavy weighted.
Bitch Creek
Item Description Size Price To Top
9067-04 Bitch Creek 4 3 for $5.85
9067-06 Bitch Creek 6 3 for $5.85

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
Item Description Size Price To Top
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.
Item Description Size Price To Top
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
Item Description Size Price To Top
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.
Item Description Size Price To Top
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 Stone Nymph, Brown
Double Bead Stone, Brown
Just before they hatch, Salmonfly Nymphs turn from black to brown as the orange color adult fly starts to show through the black nymphal skin. This is a must-have fly just before the hatch.
Item Description Size Price To Top
06409-04 Double Bead Stone Nymph, Brown 4 3 for $7.50
06409-04 Double Bead Stone Nymph, Brown 6 3 for $7.50

Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden
Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden
Golden stoneflies are even more common than the better known Salmonflies.
Item Description Size Price To Top
06410-04 Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden 4 3 for $7.50
06410-06 Double Bead Golden Stonefly Nymph, Golden 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.
Item Description Size Price To Top
03165-06 Double Bead Pearl-Back Stonefly Nymph 6 3 for $7.50

Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown
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.
Item Description Size Price To Top
NSF0089 Jimmy Legs Stonefly Nymph, Brown 4 3 for $7.50

Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black
This is a recent version of Randall Kaufmann's famous Kaufmann Stonefly Nymph. It is very popular and productive when used for both trout and steelhead. It is very heavy weighted.
Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black
Item Description Size Price To Top
14280 Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black 4 3 for $7.00
14281 Kaufmann Stone, Rubber Leg, Black 6 3 for $7.00

Kaufmann Stone, Brown
This an early version of the Kaufmann Stone which uses picked out angora hair for the legs. Precisely formed wing cases are the key feature.
It is very heavy weighted.
Item Description Size Price To Top
14261 Kaufmann Stone, Brown 4 3 for $7.00
14262 Kaufmann Stone, Brown 6 3 for $7.00

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
Item Description Size Price To Top
14270 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 8 3 for $7.00
14271 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 10 3 for $7.00
14272 Kaufmann Stone, Golden 12 3 for $7.00

Montana Stone
This may be one of the first really popular stonefly nymph patterns. It can be as productive now as ever. Medium weighted.
Montana Stone
Item Description Size Price To Top
12230-04 Montana Stone 4 3 for $5.85
12230-06 Montana Stone 6 3 for $5.85

Ugly Bug
This is a Brad Jackson pattern made from lead wire, black chenille and rubber legs. This the most heavily weighted stonefly nymph we sell. This pattern actually started in Southern Oregon as a steelhead fly, but quickly proved itself as an early season trout fly.
Ugly Bug
Item Description Size Price To Top
12380-04 Ugly Bug 4 3 for $5.85
12380-06 Ugly Bug 6 3 for $5.85

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.

Item Description Size Price To Top
19192 Little Black Sloan 14 3 for $5.85
19193 Little Black Sloan 16 3 for $5.85

The key to success is "understanding". You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
DAVE WHITLOCK'S GUIDE TO AQUATIC TROUT FOOD
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