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Fly Patterns

Little Yellow Stonefly

 

DESIGNED BY: Ralph Cutter
HOOK: 9300
THREAD: Yellow
THORAX: Deer hair, yellow
ABDOMEN: Deer hair, orange
HACKLE: Cream saddle.
WING: Deer or elk, bleached
The little yellow stonefly is a bug familiar with any angler who frequents our Western freestone trout streams. The little yellow stone (LYS) typically hatches mid May through July; however, it is a relatively long lived insect so its importance as a trout food is spread through most of the summer. The LYS lives in dense streamside vegetation and its defensive response when threatened by a something like a lizard or bird is to drop into the depths of the foliage. Being a streamside insect, the LYS commonly is dropping from the frying pan into the fire if it lands in the water. Trout living in the shade and protection of overhanging willows and alders become quite used to seeing, and even anticipate, little yellow stones falling into their laps. Oblige them with one of your own. Little yellow stones live almost exclusively in areas of turbulent water, therefore the imitation must be one that floats well. Deer hair is buoyant and this pattern tied exclusively with a spun deer hair body floats like a cork. It is an excellent searching pattern (remember to drift it under the alders!) and is my first choice when fishing from a raft or drift boat.