This is one of the greatest videos I’ve seen on YouTube. It’s short, but I just can’t get past the amount of huge fish lurking in the background, and the look of that wet fly holding in the flow. The classic wet trout flies are another favorite of mine. Bergman was a madman if he tied all of the flies in his book “trout”, as there has to be at least 500 different wet fly patterns. Anyway, I think I’ve seen this video 20 times already, and will likely watch it again right after I hit the publish button. Enjoy.
Old School: straight hook
New Skool: curved hook
Tied on some tight arse British sourced hooks.
Hook: Vintage Mustad 4880, Size 7;
alt: 2X Strong Curved shank chironomid hook, straight eye, Size 8
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0, Black
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Mohair Mojo dubbing, Peacock
Thorax: Mohair Mojo dubbing,various colors
Ruffed Grouse, dark
Head: 4mm tungsten bead, unfinished
From the vault at Riseform Studios come week another great segment of fly tying by John Collins. This is an eastern take on a classic western pattern, the stimulator. The Amber Stimulator imitates an Egg Laying Stonefly, but in a size and shade more appropriate for Eastern Streams. For the East use a Dai Riki 270 #12 thru #16, for the West tie this in the #6 range and in the appropriate colors. For Eastern streams and rivers this is a fantastic pattern to fish at dusk and in to the dark. Remember to try some action on this fly. Egg Laying Stoneflies land and take off many times in this process, making a commotion on the water. Skittering your fly and ignoring traditional dead drift presentation can be the key to triggering the rise.