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Re: Flies

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gfen wrote:
I think I shall take this moment to make a mental tick to tie and fish a stimulator at some point this year. I never have, because it just doesn't grab my attention.

What colour choices do you prefer in SEPA?


Yellow body, ginger body hackle, standard deer hair, red thread base under forehackle, which I like to be grizzly.

But basically, if it has lots of yellow and a splash of red, it should work well.

And I don't fish them, but royal stimulators are pretty common. I'd think you'd enjoy that.

Posted on: 2011/2/2 15:33


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Last question, size? The Stimulators I have tied in a class were always big affairs to look all grass hopperish.

Posted on: 2011/2/2 15:35
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Elk hair tents about 12 or 14 fished on ponds or river right at dark and skittered made many an evening for me-love em


Yup, and a small stimmie will do that even better. Not so much that it looks better, but it'll skitter better for you.

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Last question, size? The Stimulators I have tied in a class were always big affairs to look all grass hopperish.


yeah, a lot are. Used to immitate hoppers or salmon flies and such. I use them as skittered caddis more often though. Caddis colors (tans), size 12 or 14 usually. Don't know whether fish take them for a caddis or hopper, and don't really care, but I suspect the former.

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Last question, size? The Stimulators I have tied in a class were always big affairs to look all grass hopperish.


About an inch long is most common for me. 12 and 14. (edit: Credit goes to Jay. pcray edited after I posted this. ) I go bigger, but mainly use them as hoppers like you said.

I've actually had great days fishing them in glassy pools on a relatively famous limestone stream. Anywhere with a canopy, really. It just looks like food that would fall from a tree.

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Works for me. I'll add a few to the rotation. Not sure how well they'll toss on the 1'er, but life is all about experimentation.

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yeah -I went down to 16s ,even 18s until the cheapskates[NPI] started making the eyes so small the evening was over if I had to retie-
tied the little guys by the gross-

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What happened to Letort cricket-used them all over the country and as Henry said,any color as long ---

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lol at Jay... Nonetheless, we agree, though I still think we're more likely imitating caddis than hoppers, not that it matters.

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I tied up some letort crickets this year for the first time, and I hated them. I just had the hardest time doing anything with them, which seems ridiculous, but so be it.

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lol at Jay... Nonetheless, we agree, though I still think we're more likely imitating caddis than hoppers, not that it matters.


Yeah, my stimmies are either huge or 12-14. No need for anything else, personally. If I go below 14, I just use an EHC.

Posted on: 2011/2/2 15:59


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Loren Williams has a good tutorial on tying a Stimulator if you're interested gfen.

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The tutorial is a good one, but I didn't use it when I learned.

The stimmie is the ultimate example of the fact that you're not tying flies, but rather constructing them. There are so many steps involved in the stimmie, and not a single one of them comes close to difficult. It's all about piecing it together.

And I absolitely hate tying them. I buy 90% of the stimmies I use, and have no regrets about it.

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The tutorial is a good one, but I didn't use it when I learned.

The stimmie is the ultimate example of the fact that you're not tying flies, but rather constructing them. There are so many steps involved in the stimmie, and not a single one of them comes close to difficult. It's all about piecing it together.

And I absolitely hate tying them. I buy 90% of the stimmies I use, and have no regrets about it.


I'm beginning to feel the same way about the Royal Humpy I'm tying for the Royal swap...

Posted on: 2011/2/2 16:34


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The stimulator is a good fly to attach a dropper off of.

Admittedly, dont use them much but for skinny water you want a nymph to float through or brookie fishing it works well. Orange or yellow. That's all I got.

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or the stimulator as a dropper with an unweighted muddler marabou on the tail-old Madison river favorite for may caddis hatch in slightly off colored water-you just might get the fish of the year to hit the tail fly and good action on the dropper dancing on the surface like the natural.

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