Stimulator fly is a versatile pattern designed to imitate stone fly, Salmon fly and other species in caddis hatches. This fly floats well with its appearance attracting the trout feeding beneath the surface of the water. Though this fly is relatively small, it has the capacity to attract and catch the big trout. This stonefly imitation is best for fishing in rivers, pools and other calm water bodies. This fly is available in different colors and sizes. This gives the user an opportunity to choose the best color and size depending on the need. For example, the small sized fly is best for caddis species imitation while the big sizes are best for imitating big flies that attract big trout.
Materials required for the stimulator
- Hook. A dry fly hook size 3 is ideal though it can be replaced by curved dry hook size 4-16.
- Wings. Deer hair is required for creating the wings of the fly. Alternatively, Elk can be utilized for the same purpose.
- Body. Brown Dry fly hackle is essential for making the body of the fly.
- Head. The best material for the head of the fly is Superfine dry dubbing. If the dubbing is not available, floss or fine peacock feathers or fur can be used.
- Tail. Deer hair or Elk should be prepared for making the tail.
- Body segmentations. A copper wire is ideal for creating segmentation on the body of the fly.
- Thread. Nylon thread size 8/0 is best for the tying process.
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How to tie a stimulator dry fly step by step
It is fun tying the stimulator fly as it is an artistic process. You do not need technical assistance to come up with your own fly. Follow the steps below systematically to come up with a complete fly;
Step 1. Fix the hook in the vise to achieve a stable working ground. Remember that all the materials will be attached to the hook shank to form varying parts of the fly. Do not worry if the vise is not available as a pair of flat pliers perfectly holds the hook in place. To start with, run the tying thread around the hook making fine wraps towards the curve bend of the hook.
Step 2. In the previous step, you have formed the working base by wrapping the hook shank with thread. Now, it is time to introduce the tail. Pick a clump of deer hair and arrange it neatly. Using the thread, tie the tips of the hair just next to the curve bend of the hook. Make compact wraps with the thread to prevent the hair flaring out. Once sure that the tail is in place, trim off the excessive hair.
Step 3. Fix the copper wire to prepare a rib for the fly. Place the wire just behind the eye of the hook and tie it with the thread and stop at the beginning of the tail. Note that you will use the wire to form segmentations on the body. Now, select little dubbing material to make a foundation for the body of the fly. In this case, use the thread to hold the dubbing in place and later put a few drops of glue or wax to firmly hold it in place.
Step 4. Develop the body of the fly using the hackle material on the hook shank. Use the thread to fix the brown hackle on the dubbing material that you have applied in step 3. It is advisable to make use of feathers with a short length to produce a fly that will sit low in the water. Trim off excess hackle to leave a finely finished body of the fly. Now, get hold of the copper wire you fixed earlier and coil it around the body towards the eye of the hook. Ensure that the angles made by the wire are well spaced. Tie the wire making a firm knot and then trim off the excess wire.
Step 5. Create the wings for the fly. In this case, select a clump of deer hair and arrange the tips just as you did for the tail. Use the tying thread to fix the tips immediately before the beginning of the body to leave enough space for the head.
Step 6. Develop the head of the fly using the superfine dubbing material. Tie in the dubbing with the thread forming a furry ball. Trim off any excess material present on the fly to make a fine finishing.
How to fish a stimulator fly
Stimulator fly can be used to fish in big rivers and lakes. Here are tactics of fishing with this fly;
Cliff edge fishing
This fly gives best results when fishing on the lakes especially in the cliff edges as the trout like hiding under the rocks. Ensure that you are a distance away from the target area and throw the fly into the water making it to sink gradually. This attracts the trout as the fly makes movement similar to an oncoming stonefly leading to a successful catch.
Partially immersed logs fishing
Partially immersed logs are mostly present on the big rivers. Trout hide under logs waiting for the flies to fall off the logs for them to feed on. Let the fly to sink just beneath the immersed log to imitate a fly falling off the log.
Stimulator fly is available in two major color variations that are;
- Yellow stimulator fly;
- Orange stimulator fly.
Cost of stimulator fly is determined by the individual size of the fly and the number of flies in a unit pack. In Amazon and eBay online market, the price ranges from $2-$11.