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Salmonfly Party

One of the most amazing spectacles that any fly fisher can take part in, is the annual May/June Salmonfly/Golden Stonefly hatch on the Deschutes River. In addition to the big bugs there are also hatches of Little Olive Stones and small mayflies. These hatches offers what is arguably the best dry fly trout fishing available anywhere. We're mighty lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest. At our clinic on May 3, we will concentrate on tying dry Salmonfly patterns and we will discuss all of the tactics which will lead to your success. This clinic is free. Bring your tying gear and join us.
Golden Stoneflies
Fishing the Salmonfly Hatch on the Deschutes 
Norm Wood Special 
Fly Tying Party
Free Fly Tying Party
May 3 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday Afternoon. 
"Big Stone Dries"
Learn to tie dry flies that really work!
Group Leader:
Mark Bachmann & Josh Linn
This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV are free,
and all tying materials & hooks will be available at low cost.
A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided.
Some of the patterns that will be explored are: Bullet Head Stone, Norm Wood Special, Clark Stone and Stimulator.
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.
Everyone is welcome!

Pattern: Bullet Head Stone
Hook: #4-#6 TMC 5262
Tying Cement: Anglers Corner Water Base Head Cement
Thread: DFWT129 Fire Orange 210 Denier Flat Waxed
Tail: none
Hackle: None
Body: Salmon Fly Rope
Wing: Natural Elk Hair
Head: Natural Elk Hair
Legs: MRR11 Black Medium Rubber Legs
Head Cement: Anglers Corner Water Base Head Cement


Wrap a foundation of thread on the front 1/4th of the hook only. Saturate the wraps with head cement to keep the fly from spinning on the hook.

Cut a two inch length of burnt Orange Salmon Fly rope. Melt the rear end only and be sure that all of the fibers are melted together. Tie the front of the rope to the hook. Saturate the wraps with head cement so that the fly will not rotate on the hook.

Trim the rope, leaving enough space to apply the bullet head. You may want to leave more room than is pictured here.

Sellect a patch of elk hair that has long enough hair to reach beyond the rear of the body. This bundle of hair should have all of the under fur removed and should be prepared in a stacker so that all of the tips are even.

Trim the butts of the wing and wrap them down smooth.

Select another bundle of hair for the bullet head. It should be cleaned and stacked like the wing. This bundle of hare should be long enough to form the bullet head and a collar. Wind two loose wraps of thread over the bundle of hair with the hair tips facing forward and the wraps right behind the eye of the hook.

Tighten the loose wraps of thread and spin the hair around the hook. Add additional wraps as needed to distribute the hair evenly around the hook. The butts of this hair should fill the void between the butts of the wing and the eye of the hook. It is imperative that all the butts of the spun hair are gathered, trimmed and wrapped down with thread so that they don't stick out through the bullet head.

To form the bullet head, stop your thread wraps on the under body so that it is 1/4" to 3/8" behind the eye of the hook. In other words it has to be in the right position to tie down the head when the elk hair fibers are pulled back to form the bullet head. Cup your fingers around the elk hair to form the bullet head and pull it back into position.

Wrap down the bullet head with a band of thread. This will roughly match the bright bands on a real salmon fly.

Add rubber legs to each side.

Trim the bottom of the collar to expose more of orange body.

This picture shows the under side of the fly with the trimmed collar and more of the belly showing.

A view of the of the finished fly from the top.

Here is the finished fly, ready to fish. Treat it with your favorite fly floatant, take it to the river, and chuck it up under the trees overhanging the water. Because of it's shape and density, this fly is easy to cast.

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