Stoneflies and Salmonflies are important to fly anglers.

Many species of stone flies are important to the trout angler. The salmonfly hatch on Oregon's Deschutes River is arguably the best dry fly fishing the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Read more about stone and salmonflies here.


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Chubby Chernobyl, Gold Chubby Chernobyl, Gold
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The Chubby Chernobyl as was designed to be fished as an attractor pattern, which means it might appear to the trout as any number of different food organisms, such as a grass hopper, a stonefly, a cricket, a large beetle, bee, or your neighbor's favorite kitten. To me it looks like a tiny skate board with legs. It does appear that trout on the Deschutes think that it looks very much like a golden stonefly, so much so that the Chubby has replaced the Norm Wood Special as the go-to...

Chubby Chernobyl, Gold Body, Gray Wing, picture
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Chubby Chernobyl, Olive Chubby Chernobyl, Olive
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The Chubby Chernobyl as was designed to be fished as an attractor pattern, which means it might appear to the trout as any number of different food organisms, such as a grass hopper, a stonefly, a cricket, a large beetle, bee, or your neighbor's favorite kitten. To me it looks like a tiny skate board with legs. It does appear that trout on the Deschutes think that it looks very much like a golden stonefly, so much so that the Chubby has replaced the Norm Wood Special as the go-to...

Clarks Golden Stone Clarks Golden Stone
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Even though Salmon Flies and Golden Stone Flies may be along the river in mixed populations, they may not be on the water at the same time. You should carry flies that look like both species.

CDC Adult Golden Stonefly, picture
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CDC Adult Salmonfly, picture
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The Natural Approach to Picky TroutPossibly the best salmonfly and October Caddis dry fly pattern available. We have all been standing on the banks of a river that is completely teeming with stoneflies. Somehow with all this biomass of life culminating in front of your eyes, the trout are less than interested in your well placed offerings. A glance in your fly box reveals a collection of modern, realistic patterns made with scientific care. They have poly wings and foam backs to enable your...

Goulds Half Down Salmonfly, picture
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Gould's Half Drown Egg Laying Salmonfly

Henrys Fork Golden Henrys Fork Golden
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Henrys Fork Salmon Henrys Fork Salmon
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The Henry?s Fork Salmonfly was developed on Henry?s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho by Mike Lawson. It is a classic pattern of hair and hackle and doesn?t incorporate the foam of many newer patterns. Newer foam patterns are often over fished to the point where fish become educated to the larger, bulky profile. They will move for it, but stop just short and refuse it with a quick flash back to the bottom. Later in the season, or as a follow-up to the described refusal, a slimmer, more natural...

Improved Sofa Pillow Improved Sofa Pillow
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This old fly is still overall the most popular pattern for the salmonfly hatch in our area. It floats well and is very durable.When fish get picky, often a size change can turn the trick, so carry several.

Indicator Madam X Indicator Madam X
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This low floating fly has a white tuft on top so that it is more visible in low light conditions.

Kyles King Kong Salmonfly, picture
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Fish this fly pre and post PMD mayfly hatches. This PMD nymph pattern is a very versatile PMD that can be fished deep, as an emerger, or on a dry-dropper system for trout selectively feeding in the film. Kyle? S.P.P.T.PMD is a combination of natural Pheasant and Ice dubbing creating an effect that fish will eat confidently in a variety of different situations.

Larimers Yellow Sally Larimers Yellow Sally
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A revolutionary Yellow Sally pattern by Tom Larimer. This fly floats well, is very durable and easy for both fish and fishermen to see. Travis Johnson says it is the best of all of the Sally matching patterns he has tried by far.

Norm Woods Special Norm Woods Special
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Norm Wood was a very popular fishing guide on the Deschutes River for 30 years. His Golden Stonefly pattern is tied with a wing & tail made from tan dyed calf tail hair. Calf tail traps air between the hair fibers and floats very well. Some anglers believe that these flies will often out produce patterns tied with the more conventional elk hair wings and tails. There are a number of Norm Wood Specials out there. We have examined this pattern as tied by the originator, and copies of the...

Rogue Foam Stone, Golden Rogue Foam Stone, Golden
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Rogue Golden Stone This un-sinkable fly is very productive in many situations. The segmented body and flat wing are both made from sealed cell foam plastic. This fly will float in fast turbulent water.

Rogue River Stone Dark Salmonfly Rogue River Stone Dark Salmon Fly
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This un-sinkable fly is very productive in many situations. The segmented body is made from seal cell foam plastic. It will float in fast turbulent water.

Rogue River Stone Salmonfly Rogue River Stone Salmon Fly
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This un-sinkable fly is very productive in many situations. The segmented body is made from seal cell foam plastic. It will float in fast turbulent water.

Salmonfly Hatch Equalizer Kit, picture
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Salmonfly Hatch Equalizer Kit This Equalizer Kit contains fourteen (14) flies to fish Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatches which occur in many river simultaneously across the west. These hatches start with large nymphs migrating across the bottom to find good places to crawl from the water to hatch. While migrating, these nymphs are exposed to hungry trout, and fishing large weighted nymphs can be very productive. After the insects hatch, they will return to the water to lay eggs, where they are...

Stimi Chew Toy, Orange, picture
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Stimi Chew Toy, Orange The Chew Toy is a great searching pattern or change-up fly. It is easy to cast, easy to see, floats well and is durable.

Stimi Chew Toy, Yellow
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The Chew Toy, Yellow is a great searching pattern or change-up fly during a Gloden Stonefly hatch. It is easy to cast, easy to see, floats well and is durable.

Stimulator, Kaufmanns Olive Stimulator, Kaufmanns Olive
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This fly which was originated by Randall Kaufmann has near cult following in the West. It can imitate many types of insects including stoneflies, caddis and hoppers. Be sure to carry some olive Stimulators to mimic the little Olive Stoneflies that hatch during the tail end of the Salmon Fly hatch.

Stimulator, Kaufmanns Orange Stimulator, Kaufmanns Orange
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The Orange Stimulator is the go-to fly for most anglers who target trout feeding on giant fall caddis. In many ways, the approach is much like fishing the salmonfly hatch. The best areas for holding feeding fish are next to lush bank side vegetation or under overhanging trees. Nearly all of the feeding activity is during low light hours.

Stimulator, Kaufmanns Yellow Stimulator, Kaufmanns Yellow
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This seems to be the most popular of the Stimulator patterns. It is used as a golden or yellow stone or hopper imitator. It may rank with the Royal Wulff as one of the all time most popular searching flies.

Trinas Dog Puke Salmonfly Trinas Dog Puke Salmonfly, egg laying salmonfly pattern, dry fly, trout fly
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Trina's Dog Puke Salmon Fly Hey, don't blame us, we didn't name it. But, this fly is so unique that it just has to be productive. Egg laying is an important part of the salmonfly life-cycle that brings big trout the the surface of the water to feed. Adam Trina has invented what may be the perfect fly patter to simulate a female salmonfly exuding her black egg mass as she skitters slowly across the surface of you favorite salmonfly river. ...

True Salmonfly True Salmonfly
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This realistic, unsinkable salmonfly pattern features a moulded, printed foam body, wiggly legs, printed flat wing, and additional floatation in the strike-indicator poly over-wing. This is the fly you keep hidden until the fish have seen everyone else's offerings and are very picky. Then you tie on the True Salmonfly and continue to catch trout. The True Salmonfly is a little smaller than the female egg layers, and mor resembles the male salmonflies, which can be more appealing to the trout...

Willys Ant Golden Stone Willys Ant Golden Stone
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Willy's Ant Golden StoneThere are many different kinds of golden stoneflies, and they are available many of the spring, summer and even during fall months on some streams. Will's Ant Golden Stone can be fished up-stream as a conventional dry fly, or down-stream as a waking fly.

Willys Ant, Red Willys Ant, Red
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Willy's Ant, Red

Stone and Salmonflies


The Deschutes River in Oregon used to have one of the most predictable, longest lasting and most prolific Salmonfly hatches in the world. It is still a great river and a great hatch. But, water flows out of the mid-river hydro-electric reservoirs on the Deschutes have been changed, which has significantly altered both the timing and density of the hatch. The winter flows have been warmed, and the hatch is both earlier and less predictable. Be prepared to to meet this hatch by May 1. Monitor our blog posts for the latest information.


In our region, stoneflies hatch from January through August. There are at least two dozen species which are important in the adult stage to the trout angler. These range between the tiny Winter Blacks (3/8") to the giant salmonfly (over 2"). The salmonfly hatch on Oregon's Deschutes in May/June is arguably the best dry fly fishing the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The hatch starts at the mouth of the river in the first week of May. By May 10th, there are usually a few salmonflies at Warm Springs. The first week in June used to be peak for the best fifty miles, between Maupin and Warm Springs. Now the hatch is usually over by June 1. However, other stonefly hatches provide great fishing through July

The so-called hatch occurs when the nymphs crawl out of the water. The nymphs will usually seek out tree trunks or other vegetation or any solid but porous structure. Here, the claws of the nymphal feet will stay fastened securely so emergence of the adult insect can progress without interruption. Since this hatch happens on land, it is of small importance to fishing in comparison to mayfly or caddis hatches that happen at the surface of water. Most of the actual "hatching" happens at night or early in the morning.

It can continue in daylight hours on cloud cover days or in deeply shaded areas. It is after the insects have hatched and have become active adults that they become important as trout food. During the night, adult salmonflies become inactive. Their favorite places to rest or mate is in the streamside vegetation. Much of this vegetation overhangs the water. In the mid to late morning as the air temperatures rise, the adults become active and start crawling and flying around. They are clumsy and some will inevitably land in the water. It is at the river's edge that the best dry fly action usually occurs. Since the majority of salmonflies are concentrated around the water, the trout will take up stations under overhanging trees and grass.


Casting your salmonfly imitation upstream under the over hanging trees has always been one of the secrets to successfully fishing the hatch. During the warm part of the day, there will be a fairly constant rain of fluttering and flopping bugs onto the water. Pin-point casting accuracy is much more important than delicate casts. Real salmonflies are heavy and hit the water hard.

The perfect set-up is a medium fast action six weight rod, and a 6'-7' long leader tapered down to 3X. You need to be able to poke the fly under low hanging branches and through holes in the brush. In many ways, fishing the salmonfly hatch has more in common with bass bugging than classic dry fly fishing.

Golden Stones, Olive Stones and Yellow Sally Stones are important before, during, and after the salmonfly hatch. Little Olive Stones tend to precede the salmonfly hatch by a week or two. They remain available to fish throughout most of the "big" hatch and disappear about the same time as the salmonflies. Golden Stones usually linger on for a while. They are replaced by Yellow Sallies which are bright yellow and are size #14 to #16.