The adult stone fly is a delicacy to any trout. Even the wariest brownie will let down his guard for a chunky morsel that clumsily skitters across a pool or riffle. Two of my favorite stone fly patterns are the Picket Pin and the Yellow Sally. The Picket Pin is a classic wet fly paffern, representing a drowned adult stone fly, and the Yellow Sally is a floating imitation. I was introduced to this duo many years ago, while fishing the beautiful and challenging Saranac River in upstate New York. Both brown and rainbow trout succumbed to these flies on that deep, boulder-strewn river...and the same flies are top producers on our home waters.
As the name implies, the Yellow Sally represents various common yellow stone flies (for example, P. Isoperla). This high-floating dry fly is excellent from late Spring to mid Summer. The Picket Pin is just as effective, and you can fish it throughout the entire trout season with great success. Take the time to tie a few of these flies; the results won't disappoint you!
Hook: Mustad 9671 Size: 8 through 14
1. Tie six hackles barbules for a tail. Next secure two strans of
herl, and one brown hackle
Hook: Pamidge L4A Size: 12-14
1. The tail is six cream barbules. Then secure one grizzly hackle. Next,
dub the body to a point 2/3 up the hook shank.
Bernard Elser is co-author of Fundamentals of Building a Bamboo Fly-Rod. Bemard resides at 66 Somerset St., Somerville, NJ, 08876, and welcomes your comments or questions. He may be reached most evenings at (908) 704-8049. Copyright © 1998, Bernavd Elser. All rights resewed.