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Fly of the Month
On many of our local streams there can be good hatches of the Yellow Sally stonefly.
These flies, although significantly smaller than their familial cousins, can be
an important food source for trout. Some anglers confuse them with caddis flies
because they can look much alike in the air. When at rest the sally’s wing lies
flat over their backs, not in the tent like shape of the caddis. All materials used
here may be obtained from Blue Ribbon. http://www.blue-ribbon-flies.com - Outfitters
for anglers with the latest in fly fishing equipment, information on insect emergences,
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Hook : Dry fly; #14 - #16
Thread : Lt. Cahill; 8/0
Egg Sac : Red zelon
Body : Yellow Sally dubbing
Wing : X Caddis deer hair; dyed Yellow Sally
Legs : Yellow barred centipede legs
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.