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 Spring Hatches: The Salmon Fly Hatch (Part-2), Part-1 05/10/09
Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies
The first part of this article is about Golden Stoneflies.
Golden Stoneflies mating in the streamside vegetation...
Rick Hafele says, "The large stoneflies of the family Perlidae provide “golden” opportunities for the fly fisher across the entire continent."
The Golden Stonefly that creates such good dry fly fishing on the Deschutes River is a member of the Perlidae family and is called Hesperoperla pacifica by entomologists. They are often called Willow Flies by anglers in the Rocky Mountain States.
In most streams Golden Stoneflies require a two year life cycle. In some colder streams a three year life cycle is required. All but two weeks of this time is spent as a nymph crawling around on the bottom of a swift, oxygenated river. They prefer the swifter parts of most streams. As nymphs these insects are highly predacious and will eat most other insects in their territory that are small enough to be over powered. Quoting Rick Hafele again: "When it comes to behavior, nymphs of this family stand out as some of the fiercest predators of all aquatic insects. They mostly prey on smaller aquatic insects with small Diptera larvae like chironomids, mayfly nymphs and caddisfly nymphs topping their list of preferred happy meals. Some very fascinating predator-prey studies have been done with these stoneflies. For example, it has been shown that some Baetis mayfly nymphs can “smell” the presence of a large perlid stonefly nearby and quickly flee the area. The presence of non-predatory stoneflies causes no such response. Another example of their predatory nature often occurs when I teach streamside entomology classes. We generally put samples of insects from the stream in white water filled trays for a better view. This little self-contained insect zoo often includes some large golden stone nymphs. The tray is like a zoo without cages to separate predators from prey, and it usually doesn’t take long before one of the big golden stone nymphs begins to eat one of the small mayflies or caddisflies. It leaves quite an impression on those watching – a bit like seeing a cat catch a mouse – and clearly shows just how predatory these nymphs can be."
In our watersheds, Golden Stones start to emerge in the spring when water temperatures reach 50-55 degrees. Unusually cold or warm weather can push the hatch forward or back. As adults, stoneflies can drink to cut down on dehydration but they do not eat. In all stages, they are harmless to humans.
A hard plate on the underside of the tip of their abdomen, called the hammer, is “drummed” against a branch creating just the right vibrations to attract a female. Males call females with monophasic, 12-beat drumming signals, females answer with 16-beat signals, then males reply with 22-beat signals. Golden Stoneflies are unabashed and enthusiastic during mating. Many times several males will attempt to mate with one or more females, resulting in clumps of insects in the streamside vegetation.
Like most stonefly species, the goldens crawl out of the water to change from nymph to adult. Starting a week or two before the hatch the nymphs migrate from mid-channel to the edge water. This migration causes the nymphs to become exposed to the trout and and a feeding frenzy can result. The actual hatch occurs on dry land and is of little importance to the angler. It is after the adult flies have mated and egg laying females are returning to the water to lay eggs that the best dry fly fishing occurs.

Bullet Head Golden Stone, Female
This is the most popular Golden Stone pattern that we have sold over the last 10 years.
Bullet Head Golden Stone, Female
Item Description Size Price To Top
6050-4 Bullet Head Golden Stone, Female 4 3 for $5.85 Sale Over
6050-6 Bullet Head Golden Stone, Male 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

Foam Stone, Golden
This un-sinkable fly is very productive in many situations.  The segmented body is made from sealed cell foam plastic.  It will float in fast turbulent water.
Foam Stone, Golden
Item Description Size Price To Top
99500-06 Foam Stone, Golden 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

The Norm Wood Special
This golden stonefly imitation may be the most popular fly during the "Salmonfly Hatch"
Tied by Norm Wood
Norm Wood Special tied by Norm Wood. It's rough looking, but deadly.
It works
Norm Wood Special by an unidentified tier.
This fly caught several Redsides.
Tied by Mark Bachmann
Untrimmed Norm Wood special tied by Mark Bachmann.
We're not telling...
Copy of Norm Wood special with a wing that sticks up too high.
Norm Wood Special, Golden Stone
Norm Wood was a very popular fishing guide on the Deschutes River for 30 years. His Golden Stonefly pattern is tied with a wing & tail made from tan dyed calf tail hair.  Calf tail traps air between the hairs fibers and floats very well.  Some anglers believe that these flies will often out produce patterns tied with the more conventional elk hair wings and tails. The lower fly at right was trimmed to the most popular configuration. There are a number of Norm Wood Specials out there.
At The Fly Fishing Shop
Norm Wood Special as stocked by The Fly Fishing Shop.
 We have examined this pattern as tied by the originator, and copies of the original flies as sanctioned by Norm, and flies that are so called Norm Wood Specials done by tiers who had no knowledge of the original concept. The flies we sell are meant to be trimmed. (A picture of this fly pattern is second from the bottom at right.) This pattern imitates a golden stonefly, which is a very low floater. In our experience the Norm Wood special fishes best if it is trimmed to lie very flat on the water. If we sold them trimmed to how they work the best, they Killer fly...
A trimmed Norm Wood Special that has caught twenty trout.
 would be so ugly that you wouldn't buy them. Besides trimming much of the bulk from the fly, many knowledgeable anglers treat the wing with  a high viscosity floatant such as Cortland Dab or Mucilin Paste. This slicks the wing down and makes the fly ride even lower. We learned a great trick many years ago from our friend Bill Howland, who rubbed Mucilin on his Salmonfly patterns and then baked them in the oven so the floatant would penetrate all parts of the fly making them nearly unsinkable. This Redside Trout fell for a low floating Norm Wood Special
The above Norm Wood special in action.
 
Item Description Size Price To Top
11035 Norm Wood Special, Golden Stone 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

Stimulator, Yellow
This seems to be the most popular of the Stimulator patterns.  It is used as a golden or yellow stone or hopper imitator.  It may rank with the Royal Wulff as one of the all time most popular searching flies.
Stimulator, Yellow
Item Description Size Price To Top
11988 Stimulator, Yellow 6 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11989 Stimulator, Yellow 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11990 Stimulator, Yellow 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11991 Stimulator, Yellow 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11992 Stimulator, Yellow 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11993 Stimulator, Yellow 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Indicator Madam X, Gold
This low floating fly has a white tuft on top so that it is more visible in low light conditions.
Indicator Madam X, Gold
Item Description Size Price To Top
00108-06 Indicator Madam X, Gold 6 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Robotic Golden Stone
This was the top secret back eddy killer for a number of years. It is still very effective.
Robotic Golden Stone
Item Description Size Price To Top
6100-06 Robotic Golden Stone 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

Rogue Foam Stone, Golden
This un-sinkable fly is very productive in many situations.  The segmented body is made from sealed cell foam plastic.  It will float in fast turbulent water.
Rogue Foam Stone, Golden
Item Description Size Price To Top
10858-06 Rogue Foam Stone, Golden 6 3 for $6.95 Sale Over

X-Stone, Golden
This egg laying pattern has a lot of motion. It is especially effective in riffle water.
X-Stone, Golden
Item Description Size Price To Top
01116-06 X-Stone, Golden 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

Small stone flies have low silhouettes and can be very difficult for the angler to see. They are often the culprits when trout are rising splashily during mid-day, but there appears to be nothing on the water. These insects can also be maddeningly hard to represent with a fly. A fly with a high silhouette gets nothing but refusals much of the time.

That is why the Flint's Stone Series evolved into the three patterns offered below. They are the most recent attempt in replicating these small, elusive, delicate insects in their adult form. They represent many years of research and offer the closest representation of the most common local species. They are designed to be fished in slick water conditions where a Stimulator or similar bushy fly just won't get the job done.  When fishing rougher water conditions, try the Lemon Drop Sally & Nasty Sally patterns.


Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female
These little bright yellow stoneflies hatch during June & July, as the Salmon Flies are trailing off.  Trout target females during egg laying.
Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female
Item Description Size Price To Top
6057-14 Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Male
The males of the most common little yellow stones have a red & orange butt.  This is a good fly to fish along the grass during the hot part of the day.  It is also very good in back eddies.
Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Male
Item Description Size Price To Top
6056-16 Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Male 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Hopper/Stone
This fly depending on the size can be a male golden stone, a female little yellow stone or a grass hopper.
Hopper/Stone
Item Description Size Price To Top
99270-10 Hopper/Stone 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
99270-12 Hopper/Stone 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Stoneflies For The Angler STONEFLIES FOR THE ANGLER
Eric Leiser & Robert H. Boyle
Knopf, First Edition printed 1982
Subject Category: Fly Fishing
Format:  HC
Pages:  174 pages
Trim Size:  6" x 9 1/2"
ISBN:  0-8117-0169-7
Photos: by Matthew Vinciguerra.
Illustrations by: Bill Elliott

Stoneflies, aquatic insects of the order Plecoptera, are an important food for trout. This authoritative and comprehensive book gives anglers all the information needed on tactics and techniques for fishing imitation stoneflies. Also gives complete, detailed instructions on how to tie the nymph and adult patterns. Fully illustrated with drawings, plus black-and-white and color photographs.

 

Item Title Price To Top
0-394-50822X Book, Stoneflies for The Angler, by Eric Leiser and Robert H. Boyle $29.95

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Spey Clave Report
To sum it up, this year everything worked. The weather was perfect. The river was perfect. The crowd was awesome and everyone had a great time. Plans are already in the works for 2010.
John Jones rigging a microphone on Lurah Klass... Denise Maxwell getting ready for her presentation...
Ladies day drew a good crowd... Whitney Gould won this year's Spey O Ramma, and did an informative demonstration at the Sandy River Spey Clave...
Kati Reid works for Sage. Here she gives her perspective on Spey casting & fishing... Eric Gunter helps The Fly Fishing Shop collect more than 1.00 photos of Sandy River Spey Clave 2009...
Tom derry selling T-Shirts at the Native Fish society booth... Josh Linn & Marty Sheppard are the opening act for day two...
Part of the big crowd on the beach... Dawn Chow being MC at the Clave added another dimension...
Scott Mackenzie threw the longest cast during his demonstration... Mathias Lilleheim demonstrating Zpey rods...
Lots of women cam to this Clave... Part of the huge crowd that came for breakfast...

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