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JOHNWAugust 30th, 2007, 2:32 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
So I'm heading West next summer to chase westslopes and hopefully a bull trout or two. I have been told the river we'll be on (South Fork Flathead) has a fair population of golden stones. What Patterns do you all reccomend?
I'm not necessarily looking for ties that will try to crawl away with the fly box, just hose that will leave some cutt's with aching jaws.
Thanks in advance,
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
SofthackleAugust 30th, 2007, 4:00 pm
Site Editor
Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
Hi John,
It has always been my contention that stoneflies are difficult to fish as dry flies unless they are laying eggs or there's a good wind blowing. Underwater imitations have always worked better for me. For surface fishing, I like this style of fly tied in the appropriate color of course. While it's called a sedge, in the right size, it easily passes for a stonefly adult:

For underwater use, again, tied in the correct size and color this has taken fish for me: PS you could add biot tails if you like:

Good fishing on your trip,
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders:
MartinlfAugust 31st, 2007, 12:04 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2998
For a dry, try this:

It worked for me on the Firehole.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Shawnny3August 31st, 2007, 12:40 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Nice pattern suggestions, guys.

Louis, I found it a bit ironic that the link you posted shows beautiful pictures from three different angles of that dry fly... and none of them were from underneath. I guess we're to presume that it looks so good from every other angle that it's inconsequential how it looks from the point of view of an actual fish.

Thank goodness for Jason's site.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
JOHNWAugust 31st, 2007, 2:30 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Me thinks I should have been a little clearer. I'm a "fat little kid" so my interest was directed more toward subsurface patterns. My personal favorite is Clayton Peters wooven Perla but at close to 45 minutes per tie you can see where it may be a bit daunting and definatly not in the realm of "easy" ties.

As an aside has anyone ever given LaFontaines natural drift stone a try?
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
MartinlfSeptember 1st, 2007, 8:23 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2998
OK John, try this; take a look at

Go to the second pull down menu, select Golden Stonefly and hit go. That should give you plenty to consider, just click on the patterns you want to check out, and I'm sure you will pick something that fits the bill.

And your waders don't make you look fat. :)
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
SayfuSeptember 2nd, 2012, 2:46 pm
Posts: 560
What I call my Golden Stone dry is my go to searching pattern all Summer long on the SF of the Snake. A stimulator style downwing without a palmered hackle through the body, in a tanish yellow I will call it in a #10 2xl hook. I use Mustad 94831's. Being exact doesn't seem to matter that much. It's what I throw along the bank runs. My thinking see two goldens throughout the Summer if you include Classenia as a late golden. Then there are yellow bodied PMD's, and PED's throughout the Summer so a yellow predominates the color. Even the hoppers are a tan body. When I float with my wife she has to have on one of those down wing goldens, or she has little confidence. The forward hackle?..Can be a medium dun, barred Ginger I often use, and I trim it under to sit it low in the water.

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