The Stimulator is another staple in many fly boxes. While most often fished to represent an adult stonefly, the Stimulator can also moonlight as a grasshopper or even as a caddisfly, given the right size and conditions.
When tied correctly, this fly floats incredibly well. It works great in fast-moving water and can make for an effective indicator fly when fishing a dropper.
I typically stick to the size 8-14 range based on the caddisfly and smaller stoneflies that I fish, but occasionally I’ll whip up a few in the 4-6 range just in case I catch a salmon fly hatch and need to throw a few bombers. These are fun flies to tie because there is enough technique involved to keep it challenging.
- Hook: size 8-16 curved shank; Daiichi 1260
- Thread: UTC 140 or 6/0 Uni
- Tail: elk hair
- Body: floss, antron or dubbing
- Body hackle: dry fly saddle
- Rib: fine copper wire
- Overwing: elk hair
- Thorax: dubbing
- Thorax hackle: dry fly saddle
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial