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Fly of the Month
This pattern is from Richard Ross. The Trout MRE is a Meal Ready to Eat for the
trout. The way this pattern is tied it can be used as an emerger or a spinner pattern.
Begin tying this fly by attaching the tail well into the bend of the hook, next
tie in the stripped peacock herl for the body and wrap it up the shank to the 3/4
point. Cut a heavy bundle of snow shoe hair fur, split the bundle into two parts
and realign it again with the tips of one bundle to the butts of the other bundle.
Tie this bundle on top of the hook at the 3/4 point with a few wraps of thread,
then on top tie in a stand of poly-pro yarn. Tie in the entire bundle spinner wing
style and make a helicopter wrap of thread under the bundle. Pull down only the
snow shoe hair and cut it even with the hook point, then trim the poly-pro to the
length of the snow shoe hair. Finally tie the thorax by dubbing around the wing
figure eight style.
Hook - Tiemco #2488 or any scud hook sizes #12-18
Thread - Tan 8/0
Tail - Wood duck fibers
Body - Stripped peacock
Wing - Snow shoe rabbit foot hair
Sighter - White poly pro
Thorax - Tan hares ear or spiky squirrel dubbing
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.