Yakima Stoneflies

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

  1. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    943
    Likes Received:
    201
    Location:
    Sedro-Woolley, WA
    Going to the Yakima this weekend and looking to tie up some skwalla stones. Anyone have a favorite pattern? I did read that during this time of year it's better to use an adult pattern that's not "big and bushy", like a stimulator, because of the low water. This'll also be the first big test of my fly tying skills, so bring it on! I'll post pictures for the entertainment value:thumb:
     
  2. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2004
    Messages:
    1,937
    Likes Received:
    535
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
  3. riseform

    riseform Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2007
    Messages:
    1,143
    Likes Received:
    414
    Location:
    Tacoma, WA
    I can't get the search function to work for me right now, but look up Pat's stone and Al's skwala on this site.

    Here's a nymph pattern from the FFF page I've had bookmarked for awhile but never personally tied. If the link doesn't show the "Yak Skwala", search down the page for the same name from 2004.
    http://www.fedflyfishers.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4478

    Here's the real one from almost exactly one year ago. Notice how silly legs would imitate the tail and antenna nicely on a dry.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2004
    Messages:
    2,136
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Twin Bridges, MT
    Home Page:
    stop in and talk to jason at the evening hatch fly shop. ask for the pats. welcome to the darkside.
     
  5. Matt Baerwalde

    Matt Baerwalde ...

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2005
    Messages:
    1,011
    Likes Received:
    440
    So do you guys have good luck with those yellow stonefly nymphs during Skwala time on the Yak? I've always used brown.
     
  6. SteelieD

    SteelieD Non Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2005
    Messages:
    1,001
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    In a van down by the river
    Pat's. Easy to tie and very effective. I tie 'em in different colors, as long as it's brown!
     
  7. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    950
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    stumptown
    Does anyone know the exact material used for the legs on a Pats stone? I am using this rubber floss but it's way too flexible.
     
  8. Wayne Jordan

    Wayne Jordan Active Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    20
    Super Floss
     
  9. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    950
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    stumptown
    that's what i thought it was. maybe i just bought the wrong brand. i have something similar. i believe it's a little smaller in width. for some reason it doesn't stay straight and ends up curling.
     
  10. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,846
    Likes Received:
    1,361
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    My experience is that a dark profile works better for Skwala dry fly patterns on the Yak. One pattern I use is basically a black stimulator (black palmer-hackle over an olive or lighter body and black dyed deer/elk hair wing) with a bright thorax and grizzly hackle. I put a bit of white yarn or z-lon over the hairwing to help my old eyes. I also tie a simpler and lower-floating fly with an olive body (without palmered hackle) and natural brown elk hair wing and grizzly hackle on the thorax. The latter works better in low water or quiet water.

    Dick
     
  11. Dean Edwards

    Dean Edwards Fllyfishy

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2003
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Puyallup, Washington, USA.

    I was told it was superfloss also, but it did not seem to match the color on one of the flies I brought back from Montana last year. I went on a hunt to find exactally what it is on the fly I had. I found a great material developed by Brian Chan and Phil Rowley called Midge Stretch Floss sold through Stillwater Soulutions. They carry it at Puget Sound Fly Company. The color I use on the Brown Pats is called Dark Summer Duck.
     
  12. Norm Denton

    Norm Denton New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bothell, WA
    Hey, Chad... Is your father's name Chips?:thumb:
     
  13. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2007
    Messages:
    649
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    Here is a picture of a Stone Fly I use when I fish the Yakima, I call it my Yak Stone. It has worked well on the Yakima, Rock Creek, Naches, and other places too.
     
  14. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    943
    Likes Received:
    201
    Location:
    Sedro-Woolley, WA
    Hey, Chad... Is your father's name Chips?


    Nope. Wrong Chad.
     
  15. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    943
    Likes Received:
    201
    Location:
    Sedro-Woolley, WA
    Thanks for all the pattern ideas. I tied a few for this past weekend and am happy to report that they caught nothing :( Not much happening with rising fish in general, although there were some adult skwalas in the bushes and a couple seen floating down the river. I totally used the wrong color for the body. Otherwise, I think my pattern's okay.

    Thanks,
    Chad