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Fly of the Month

February 2016





Randall Kauffman's Stimulator is one of the most versatile flies in use. It is both an excellent attractor and imitator. When searching rough water it is well known for its ability to draw trout from the depths. As an imitator it can be used for stoneflies, grasshoppers or even in smaller sizes as caddis. It is tied in many variations as to color. The Lacky Stimulator that was featured as a previous Fly of the Month is basically just a Stimulator tied with a yellow body to imitate the stoneflies that hatch on the Lackawaxen. The pattern that I list in the recipe is the one most often encounter commercially. The photo is one of John Lazar's variations.



Hook : Tiemco 200R, #6 - #16

Tail : Elk hair

Rib : Brown or furnace hackle (undersized)

Fine gold or copper wire (counter wound)

Abdomen : Yellow dubbing

Wing : Elk hair

Thorax : Orange dubbing w/ grizzly palmered hackle





Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT.  Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6.  He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks.  Fortunately we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen.  We've slightly modified Nick's original to match our stones.  The original was tied without legs and is quite effective that way.  The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture.  Begin by tying in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural), cover the butts of the hair with dubbing.  Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.  The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown.  If  using the legs tie them in at the next to last clump.  Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed to the final clump.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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