Yakima Stoneflies

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Chad Lewis, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Preston Active Member

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    Richard,
    The yellow foam is strictly a visual aid. Damned hard for me to follow such a dark fly, even such a large one (6-8), unless the light conditions are just right.
  2. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Good idea; I should try that on mine.
    Dick
  3. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    Preston, that is a very nice pattern. Did you trim the bottom of the thorax hackle?
  4. Preston Active Member

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    Yes. Skwalas are not very good floaters and sit very low in the water. I rely on the moose hair wing to provide most of the bouyancy. I had a pretty good day in the Yakima canyon yesterday and found a spot that had an unusually large number of westslope cutts, something that I've not normally encountered that low down in the river. I have not yet hit a good BWO hatch this spring and all of our fish came to dry Skwalas.
  5. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    That's encouraging. I'm headed there tomorrow and already have a fair number of BWO cripples tied up. I tried to imitate your fly; this is what I came up with:
  6. Preston Active Member

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    They look pretty good. I usually make a couple of soft turns of thread at the rearmost point of the wing tie-in to keep it from flaring. The stonefly's wings lie folded flat over its back so I try to keep the wing as low as possible and avoid the tented-wing appearance of a caddis.
  7. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    Oh okay...soft turns at the rear of the wing. I wondered how you did that. Good to know. Do you tie the loops down to the hook shank?

    The two rising fish that I found yesterday responded positively to the orange thorax pattern.:thumb:

    But then at the VERY end of the day (like 7:30) I found a pod of rising fish that I COULD NOT catch in the failing light. When I couldn't tie the knot on the third pattern I was going to try on them I called it...very reluctantly.

    Good ol' Yak. Up to it's old tricks.
  8. Preston Active Member

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    Just tie the wing in as is normally done then make a couple of turns at the appropriate place with minimal tension. Make a couple of tighter turns forward of that, tie in the hackle and continue from that point. I hope that makes it clear.