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  1. In my opinion, the Stimulator is one of the best flies for using as an indicator. It floats high, is super buoyant, and mimics a large range of bug species. I could be wrong, but I believe it was originally created to be a stonefly imitator, however it can easily mimic hoppers, and even large caddis if tied to the correct sizes. Being very buoyant means that you can drop a bead head nymph behind it, or another small dry fly. This thing will hold up a large variety of other flies. Also, being such a large size, fish tend to hammer this fly hard! Some of my best strikes, where the fish literally came out of the water, have been with a stimulator. Using different colors of hackle, and dubbing can give you different effects. For my local streams in Colorado, this orange/brown body, with tan/grizzly head works great! But your local streams and rivers might vary. The hook commonly used for this fly is one with long shank, but with a curve to it. The hook I used is from Firehole sticks, but common hooks you can find at most fly shops will be Daiichi 1270 or TMC200. Of course you can use whatever you want, get creative! However a different shaped hook will give it a different look, and won't have that traditional Stimulator body curve to it.
  2. The flies listed below are mating and emerging flies made with air trapped inside. To view more pictures and see the recipe just follow the link provided. Damsel Fly Link (Recipe Rated-X Damsel Fly) - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/mating-damsel-fly.html Crane Fly Link (Recipe X-Rated Crane Fly) - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/mating-crane-fly.html Salmon Fly Link (Recipe Bing Bang Coitus Fly) - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/matting-salmon-fly.html Stone Fly Link (Recipe Coitus Stonefly) - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/matting-stonefly.html Emerger with Shuck Link - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/emerger-with-shuck.html Bubble Emerger Link - https://unsinkableflies.blogspot.com/2017/12/daves-bubble-emerger.html
  3. I know my request is probably out of the ordinary, but it would really mean the world to me to have more materials for fly tying. My specialty is the Spanish wet fly or Mosca de ahogada, now that I'm deployed I start acquiring knowledge about flyting but sometimes is overwhelming because here I had a few materials, and so many patterns that I want to tie but logically it's limited for the materials that I have available. Matter of fact today I Finnish the last piece of atron and and I improvise and pull the stuff from the old couch where we are doing guard and use the insides lol it works. The paycheck of a soldier is not so great. Lol but I love my job, I'm the only CBRN in my Battery at the moment. Sometimes it can be a little stressful due to the demanding work, inspections, and drills but having a fulfilling pastime really helps and in part is quite therapeutic as many of you probably know. Recently 4 start general Austin gift me a coin to show me his appreciation for a good job and hard work ethic. Thank you for considering my request. We have a APO address so is like send something to any state of US even if we are in other countries. You are free to ask anything, please don't hesitate and let me know. I would love to send you a letter as well giving you the proper appreciation for being such a great supporter with your donation. Thank you in advance for your consideration. PFC David Ortega Air Defense Artillery
  4. Ok here we go, been out of the loop but I figured If'n i was coming back I better go big or not at all! First for the disclaimer: What you are about to read may offend you, Its not vulgar nor foul mouthed. It is straight forward and in all seriousness the way I run my swaps. Some are offended by my direct nature, well bummer, Deal with it. I don't like candy dancin' around what needs to be said and don;t expect others to put up with it out of me. so with that: Big flies catch big fish my friends, and the Salmonflies of the Pacific northwest are about as big and meaty as they come! Anybody who has experienced the hatch knows what I am talking about, I've been on the Henry's fork and heard one of these 6 legged buzzards comin' in on a Kamikaze run over 150 feet away, and the sight of thee bugs stood out like a fighter plane on a suicide run. The fish lose all sanity and become glutinous fiends I once watched a cutty shoot out from under a log to pounce on a fallen salmonfly turn to saunter back under his log , only to turn and attack my fly like a sailor on shore leave. When I finally landed this 18" fish besides the fly I removed this pig had the one in his mouth and 2 YES TWO other full grown Salmonflies still in his throat! His belly felt like he had a load of crayons in his gullet. below is a link to the nymph just to show the size of the bug http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t106/Pvd3sche/Pteronarcyscalifornica2.jpg RULES: look at the name of my fly and you'll get the idea, nothing smaller than a 3x sz 4 ! Foam and synthetic or feather and fur, heck, whatever you want but make it big make and make it float! First 7 are in, due date will be April One and that ain't no joke! Lets start the New year off with big gnarly bang, This swap will be featured in my blog ( www.shouldbefishin.com when I write about the Salmonfly hatches of Eastern Idaho. Being that this swap IS going in my blog with full credit given to each and every tyer and the forum here, I expect tyes of quality, this ain't no beginners swap, so no half ass-ed attempts or crap will be accepted. Cherny's and such should be in variant form, please nothin plain and simple, NO GUIDE FLIES! The way I see it I tye with integrity and skill so expect others too also. All flies will be photographed in high def beauty shots, so make em purdy people! as Mill's Lane sez, " Lets get it on!" THIS SWAP IS CLOSED!!! 1. Flytyinfreak The big nasty. 2. Piker20 The Goldenrod 3. FishingBobNelson Dark Stone Wet size 4. 4. Gpd4 Somethin big and beefy 5. Jimboha! Hair Wing Tripledecker 6. Eastern fly Whatever he darn well pleases! 7. riffleriversteelheadslayer something cool 8. Jaydub rogue-ish stone
  5. A Stonefly pattern to imitate the nymphs struggling to make their way out of the current and towards the bank. On my local central NY Lake Ontario tributary the stonefly nymph is a very important pattern. bead head patterns work great on just about any day from November through the spring. When the hatch is on arond Late February-March you can observe dozens of them wriggling very inconspicuously right below the surface. In certain runs and flat pools you may see large browns and 'bows taking them with exciting rises. The foam wingcase, lightly wired abdomen and rabbit fur legs let you fish this pattern without an indicator and know that your fly is staying right below the surface where these individual fish are feeding. The rabbit fur legs make smooth and constant motion in the water. Hook: Your favorite nymph hook sz 10-14 Thread: Black 70 denier Tails: Black strung rooster hackle quills Body: Your favorite black dubbing Rib: Fine gold wire Thorax: Peacock herl Legs: Black rabbit fibers from a zonker strip Wingcase: Black foam Antennae: Black rooster hackle quills I start with a thread base and tie in the tails of stripped black strung rooster hackle quill. I strip the hackle off of the ugly feathers and keep the thinner top half which usually gives you a long enough piece to split. One section for the tails and one for the antennae. Tie the tails so they are pointed out and slightly down. Tie in the fine gold wire. Dub black beaver dubbing with a slight taper towards the thorax stopping about 2/3 of the way to the eye. Wrap your rib up about 5 evenly spaced turns. Secure the rib and tie in the antennae so they are splayed out but also on top of the hook. Wrap back to the end of the dubbing and tie in 2-3 peacock eye herls wrapping them up into a bulky thorax and tie off and trim. For the wingcase use your favorite foam sheet material and cut a strip about 3 times as wide as the hook wire and almost as long as the hook. Taper it to a short point on the end you will tie in and trim a slight taper towards the head. Tie on the foam with 3 tight wraps just below the abdomen/thorax junction. Tie in a tuft of black rabbit fur yanked from a zonker strip on top and across the abdomen and bring your thread up the the top of the thorax. Fold the foam over itself towards the eye and create a tight, not too fat hump and tightly secure right behind the hook eye. Leave enough foam for a small square head that will cover the hook eye and whip finish. I double whip finish many of my flies.
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