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This topic is about the Insect Order Plecoptera

Stoneflies are the largest of the three main types of trout stream insects. While far less important than caddis and mayflies in the East and Midwest where they are mostly thought of as handy nymphs to imitate when nothing much is hatching, it's in the West where this order comes into its own. They can cause outstanding fishing, and on many rivers their hatches are the premier events of the season.

The year begins with the little dark stoneflies of the Capniidae, Leuctridae, and Nemouridae families as some of the only active aquatic insects available to trout. As the year progresses into late Winter and early Spring, the Large Springflies of the Perlodidae family in the West and Willowflies of the Taeniopterygidae are sometimes the first dry-fly insects of the season. When Spring fully arrives, so do the most significant stoneflies for the angler - the gigantic Pteronarcyidae Salmonflies of western legend. The large Golden Stones of the Perlidae supplement these hatches and are more common across the country. Summer brings on significant hatches of the Little Yellow Stones of the Perlodidae family and the little yellow or green Chloroperlidae flies that are common sights. Read more...

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HossApril 29th, 2013, 1:14 am
Scottsdale, Arizona

Posts: 2
I was just at my local river and the fish were pounding the surface. I was able to identify the fly on the water as a little green stonefly and am very interested in some good patterns to tie to imitate it. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
MartinlfApril 29th, 2013, 10:27 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2829
An elk hair caddis with a lime green body and light wing should catch many of these fish. Or try a trude style caddis with a lime green body, long clear/white or ginger antron wing and ginger hackle. The internet will have lots of other patterns.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PaulRobertsApril 29th, 2013, 11:36 am
Colorado

Posts: 1774
I've seen clouds of little greens and little yellows, and rarely found them in trout stomachs. At least in appropriate proportion. Maybe just a lack of observations on my part.

Are you sure it was the stones they were on? Not Baetis, or a midge?
HossApril 29th, 2013, 2:24 pm
Scottsdale, Arizona

Posts: 2
Thanks on the fly ideas I will give those a shot. And as well will check the stomach's of the next couple to see if something else is coming of that I did not see. And let you know. I did see a few caddis out but very few and the little stones where fluttering all over the waters surface
JodeaMay 2nd, 2013, 5:12 pm
Galway city Ireland

Posts: 13
Could get a container and collect a few .. after studying there distinctions under a microscope and then tie some up , or you can either use the live fly directly to see the varied responce from the trout or release them and watch there movement on the water to asertain how best to present them ..
I had a similar day on a very clear trout river here in Ireland ,, i had spotted a good size trout in a fast current taking something off the surface ..after dragging my net through the folage and grass on the bank i realised there was a lot more crane fly than any other,i tryed a few artificial fly first crane fly patterns and many other rising him only once and missing. then i tryed the live fly and gently cast a small live crane fly .. wham first cast and a sure take too , was a nice 2.5lb wild brown trout (released then after)

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