Semirealistic Foam Golden Stonefly dry fly
I was fortunate enough to get to fish the Deschutes river this spring when the big salmonflies and golden stones were hatching and tied quite a lot of different kind of large stoneflies for the trip. We don’t have as large stoneflies here in Finland and good stonefly hatches in general are rare if you don’t count the February reds.
This fly was one of the more realistic variations I tied and managed to get couple rainbows with it. Because it’s such a large pattern the foam keeps it floating on the surface pretty well. First tries with those realistic legs on dry flies and it worked well but I think they will be too heavy for smaller flies to float.
Tail: Brown Goose biots.
Body: 2mm tan foam colored with waterproof markers.
Legs: Hemingway’s Stone Fly Legs – Golden Yellow
Wing: Few strands of micro pearl flash, white coarse polypropylene and Medallion Sheeting – light mottled grey
Indicator: Fl. orange TMC Aero Dry Wing