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.
Rocky Mountain Fly has just undergone some renos and they are starting up a nice little collection of patterns. Here is one that caught my eye, the Platte River Spey tied up by Chad Trout. i hope that they continue to grow their collection of flies and will hopefully be posting more on the blog.
Riseform studios has revamped their current website and is now offering content on a more regular basis. Every other week, you can look for new video posted to the site and once a month there will be a new fly tying video. Thanks to Alex at Day Tripper for pointing out the news.
The first pattern is J.C.’s Electric Caddis Larvae by John Collins one of the site’s resident tyers. The recipe is below and you can click the link to see how to tie the fly.
Hook: Dai-Riki 285 curved nymph sizes 10 – 18
Thread: 8/0 Olive Wire: Olive ultra wire
Tubing: Waspi stretch tubing, Clear
Abdomen: Wire Inserted inside of stretch tubing, wound forward
Claspers: Olive antron yarn
Thorax and Legs: Black ostrich herl