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Old 04-01-2009, 08:16 AM
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Huge hatch this week in Ct.. The trout are keyed on the naturals that are laying eggs. What are the dry imiations other than Caddis to fool these fish. Googled stone flies and came up with very little on the dries. Will try a tent Caddis next time out. These guys flutter much like a Caddis but have four wings.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:01 AM
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Wow - things must have picked up. I was at the farmington on Saturday and there were gray stones all over the surface. I fished for 10 hours and did not see a single rise to a stonefly (just winter/summer caddis for an hour in the AM). Kinda surprised given the nice weather...

How about a gray/black stimulator or a black EHC? The bugs I saw were pretty big(12)...

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:11 PM
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Dave took the words right out of my mouth....a black stimulator would probably work well.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:43 AM
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Black Stone Fly Dry

When I lived in Dutchess County NY I fished NY/CT streams (Wappingers, Ten Mile, Roeliff-Jansen Kill, Croton River, Housatonic, Farmington, etc.) frequently and I was very successful fishing the abundant stone flies w/ a pattern that was very similar to a stimulator tie but with different materials. Don't think the Stimulator was well known or even invented yet. If memory serves me correctly the Sofa Pillow pattern was the basis for my fly.

Tails: Two tips of black biot
Body: Instead of floss body use black fly-rite or other bouyant dubbing, palmer w/ black hackle
Wing: Gray Squirrel
Hackle: 1 Grizzly + 1 Black

Tie it on a Size 8-12 curved back nymph hook (not the swimming styles).

The gray squirrel tail wing w/ its black, gray, and white coloring seems to be the ticket to this flies success. Doesn't float as well as deer hair in the stimulator; however, it really spoke to the fish and often had viscous strikes when it sunk and swung like a wet fly. I had also tried this pattern w/ white calf tail wing and it didn't produce nearly as well.
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