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Yellow Sally Stoneflies
By: Rick Hafele
This Yellow Sallie is technically called Cultus tostonus, but when the females drop to the water to lay their eggs trout just call them dinner.
This Yellow Sallie is technically called Cultus tostonus, but when the females drop to the water to lay their eggs.  Trout just call them dinner.
A few weeks ago I was sitting in camp on the Deschutes River.  The early June sun had finally decided to show itself and a variety of insects responded to the warmth with the same enthusiasm I felt. It can be hard to get a close look at the different insect adults whizzing by in the breeze - usually more of a gale on the Deschutes - but if you tent camp you know that tents attract bugs.  Turns out my tent is often where I look for what’s hatching on the river.  On this trip I found caddis adults crawling around under my rain fly and another bug that I was particularly interested in, the little yellow stones.  In fact they seemed to think my tent fly was the perfect spot for mating.
My tent fly seemed to attract the opposite sex of these Yellow Sallie adults.
My tent fly seemed to attract the opposite sex of these Yellow Sallie adults.
Starting in mid June and continuing well into August little yellow stones take to the air to lay their eggs. Females ready to lay eggs often gather above the water and fall to the river like tiny yellow leaves to release their eggs.  Trout find them much more appealing than leaves.
Yellow Sallies come in a variety of sizes and like other stonefly species the females are often larger than the males.
Yellow Sallies come in a variety of sizes and like other stonefly species, the females are often larger than the males.
These small delicate stoneflies are commonly called little yellow stones, yellow sallies, or stripetails depending on who is doing the calling.  They belong to a diverse family of stoneflies – Perlodidae – and most to a single genus, Isoperla, though other genera also fall into this group. For example right now the species Cultus tostonus is active on many Northwest rivers like the Deschutes, Yakima, and northern California streams.   The genus Isoperla has the highest species diversity of any genus of stoneflies with 57+ species currently known in North America.  Some species are widely distributed occurring across most of the country, while others occur only in small regions.  Altogether the diversity of species is evenly spread across the country with about 27 species in the east (Northeast to Southeast), 24 in the midwest, and 23 in the west (Rockies to the Pacific).  Suffice it to say a lot of species get called Yellow Sallies.

Fish on!!!
The great variety of species within this genus makes it difficult to find a few defining traits that apply to all species.  The size of mature nymphs and adults ranges from 6-18 mm (1/4 to 3/4 inch) body length, with most species tending to the smaller end of the range.  Adults appear larger than they really are as their wings normally extend past the tip of the abdomen; however, some species exhibit greatly reduced wings, a trait common to a variety of stonefly species.  Color patterns, normally a poor character to rely on, can be useful for recognizing little yellow stone nymphs.  Nearly all species show distinct dark and light longitudinal stripes on top of the abdomen.  In addition Isoperla nymphs completely lack gills, and their tails are as long as or longer than their abdomen.

Fast moving mountain streams usually have large populations of Yellow Sallies.
Adult Isoperla often show the same longitudinal stripes along the top of the abdomen as the nymphs, but not in all species.  The head and prothorax (thoracic segment directly behind the head) also show distinct light and dark color patterns.  Tails are well developed, but not unusually long.  While known as little yellow stones, the color of adults ranges from light yellow to medium brown.  Overall, the pale to dark yellow color, light and dark stripes on the abdomen, distinct light and dark color patterns on the head and thorax, and lack of all gills or gill remnants are the primary characteristics for recognizing species of IsoperlaCultus tostonus adults have a distinct color pattern with the front two thirds of their abdomen yellowish-brown and the last third a bright to dark orange.
The little nymphs of Yellow Sallies lack gills but show distinctive dark strips on their thorax and abdomen.
The little nymphs of Yellow Sallies lack gills but show distinctive dark strips on their thorax and abdomen.
One of the key identification features, namely the lack of gills, strongly influences where and how these small stoneflies live.  Without gills nymphs must obtain oxygen by diffusion directly through the exoskeleton.  This normally occurs where the exoskeleton is naturally thin, like the base of the legs.  Still, it is a rather inefficient approach to breathing, and to compensate, species tend to prefer cold streams with high levels of dissolved oxygen.  Riffle areas also contain higher levels of oxygen than slow quiet flowing reaches of a stream, and therefore riffles tend to be the habitat of choice for most nymphs.  The need for cold water also results in a general trend of more abundant populations in smaller higher elevation streams than in larger lower elevation rivers.  Some species, however, have adapted specifically to large rivers.
Whether fishing nymphs or adults the majority of activity for yellow stones will be around choppy riffles where there is plenty of oxygen in the water.
Whether fishing nymphs or adults the majority of activity for yellow stones will be around choppy riffles where there is plenty of oxygen in the water.
Riffles provide a variety of niches and food choices for small creatures like stonefly nymphs.  Most little yellow stones will be found around the base of cobble and large gravel where the current is significantly diverted and slowed.  These areas also trap leaves and small pieces of wood, which provide both shelter and the primary food for most Isoperla nymphs.  Some species have been found to be predacious, eating a variety of small insects like chironomid or midge larvae.  Even those species that are herbivorous early in life often switch to a more meaty diet in their last month of development as they put on a final growth spurt before adult emergence.
Mature nymphs normally find a large rock protruding above the water upon which to climb out of the water for emergence into the adult, or they crawl out of the water onto shoreline vegetation.  There have also been reports of some Isoperla emerging directly in the surface film similar to mayfly nymphs. It is also true that such reports have been widely disputed and I for one have never observed this type of behavior. But neither have I seen all the species of Isoperla emerge, and given the resistance of insects to conform to one type of behavior I wouldn’t be at all shocked if somewhere this happens.
Depending on the species and geographic location, emergence may begin as early as May or as late as October.  Peak emergence activity typically occurs in June, July and August in most coldwater trout streams.  Newly emerged adults hide on shoreline vegetation.  Mating takes place a few days after emerging, also on the shoreline vegetation.  Like other stoneflies many male Isoperla adults attract mates by “drumming” the tip of their abdomen against a suitable substrate.  Only virgin females respond, often with their own drum reply.  Don’t expect to be overwhelmed by the sound of drumming stoneflies the next time you’re fishing along a stream during a good stonefly hatch, however.  You need the ears of a female stonefly to easily pick up the frequency of these invertebrate percussionists.  After mating females remain on the vegetation a few days while their eggs finish developing.  At that point they take flight on some pleasant summer afternoon and lay their eggs on the water’s surface.  The entire life cycle, from egg to adult, requires approximately one year.
It’s easy to see why these  Little Yellow Stones are called Yellow Sallies..
It’s easy to see why these Little Yellow Stoneflies are called Yellow Sallies.
Fishing tactics for little yellow stones vary with time of year and activity of nymphs or adults.  The months following adult egg laying activity are spent as eggs (3 or 4 weeks) and very small immature nymphs, neither of which requires imitation by the angler.  Growth of nymphs continues slowly through the winter, and then picks up dramatically in the spring.  A month or two before adults actually start emerging is a time when nymphs are available to fish.  However, even then these stonefly nymphs do not drift in the current as readily as many other aquatic nymphs, so they are not often important to the angler.  The one time I find the nymphs worth imitating is during the early stages of adult emergence.  The number of migrating nymphs peaks at this time, and good numbers get washed off the bottom into the current where feeding trout wait.  Drifting a nymph pattern close to the stream bottom at the tailouts of riffles or heads of pools can be effective at such times.

My favorite, and I think most effective time to fish imitations of little yellow stones, is when adults are active.  A simple dry fly works great when females are laying eggs.  You can adapt a number of standard patterns to this task: a yellow sally, yellow renegade, or yellow elk hair caddis for example.  I also use a simple dry fly with a light yellow body, white CDC wing, and light brown hackle.  Fish the dries with a drag free presentation where you see the adults laying eggs and fish rising to them.  I have also found a small yellow soft hackle effective.  This works great for adults that get trapped in the surface film.  Fish it dead drift in the surface or an inch or two below just like you would a dry fly. Sometimes fish find these swamped adults more enticing than those floating high on the surface.
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Yellow Sally Flies
Yellow Sally Stoneflies have proven challenging to replicate with feathers and fur. The reel flies rid low on the water with little movement for much of the time. The real adult flies are nearly impossible to se on the water because the ride so flat on the surface. I came up with a couple of patterns that provided solutions for fishing Yellow Sally hatches on flat water (Flint Stones). Unfortunately these flies are in short supply as the manufacture didn't see fit to continue production. The Hopper/Stone is a great dual purpose fly that proves its worth during hatches of larger Yellow Sallies. Trimming the hackle off the bottom of a small Yellow Stimulator can be a great trick for many demanding situations.  Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally is probably the best over-all pattern available for the widest range of situations..

Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female
These little bright yellow stoneflies hatch during June & July, as the Salmon Flies are trailing off. Trout target females during egg laying. This is a good fly to fish along the grass during the hot part of the day. It is also very good in back eddies.
Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female
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6057-14 Flint's Stone, Yellow Isoperla, Female 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally
This pattern has the attraction of both being a realistic low floater and yet is highly visible to the angler. When trout get really picky, trim the parachute post to lower the silhouette.
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TSF0024 Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
TSF0045 Idyl's Parachute Yellow Sally 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

This fly depending on the size can be a male golden stone, a female little yellow stone or a grass hopper.
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99270-10 Hopper/Stone 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
99270-12 Hopper/Stone 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Stimulator, Yellow
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.
Stimulator, Yellow
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11991 Stimulator, Yellow 12 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
11992 Stimulator, Yellow 14 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED
11993 Stimulator, Yellow 16 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

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Sage "ONE" Series
New For Fall 2001

August 15th, 2011, marks the date that Sage will begin shipping what will undoubtedly prove to be the single biggest news in Modern Rod Design/Performance in memory. The All New SAGE “ONE” Series is the FIRST precision casting instrument built to take advantage of Sage's NEW GROUND BREAKING Konnetic Technology. Conceived/designed by the Guru of Graphite, Chief Rod engineer Jerry Siem, the ONE Rod was crafted to become an “Intuitive” extension of the Fly Fisher’s “Intent”. Jerry states: The “ONE” Rod offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the casters arm to the fly . The eye sees the cast it wants to make and it is transfixed/translated to the hand and through the rod instantaneously. This “Tip to Hand Sensitivity” of the New Fast action ONE Rod results in increased feedback, line control and accuracy that is simply unparalleled in the marketplace.
Folks ,allow me to tell you more about this new Rod series: I’ve see every major Graphite rod intro dating back to the early 1970’s (Fenwick HMG). To be sure there has been some incredible graphite masterpieces form the Great Rod designers of the Modern ERA-Don Green, Jimmy Green, Gary Loomis ,Steve Rajeff and over the last 20 years our own Jerry Siem. Now classics, such as Sage’s RP, RPL, SP, XP, SLT, Z-AXIS. Loomis’s IMX and GLX,these rods redefined Performance from 1984 onward providing Anglers worldwide with better and better tools. Angler’s are always inquiring how can it be better……our motto has and continues to be if you can make it better DO IT !
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Abel Trout vs Abel Creek Series of Reels
Do you long for the simplicity of the past, but with the advantages of modern metal technology? Are you mature enough to know that trout fishing doesn't involve monster drag pressures, quite the opposite? Low inertial start-up to protect fragile tippets and hooks are much more important. When choosing a trout reel, the basic criterias are smooth and reliable. Both the Abel Trout Reels (T/R Series), and Abel Creek Series are built with these necessary truths in mind. Each series is available in the full range of dynamic/customizable Abel finishes. Beyond that T/R reels have standard arbor configurations, and the Creek Series has both standard and large arbor configurations. With these two series of reels all sizes of freshwater rods from 0-weight to 7-weight.  Custom aluminum handles are available for both series. We have an extensive selection of all sizes of Abel handles at our shop.
Abel Trout Series
This is my favorite trout reel series for trout fishing. I use (3) T/R 2 Reels and (4) spools for a complete 5-weight trout fishing system. These reels hold 5-weight lines and a minimum of 150-yards of backing and have caught steelhead, trout to 12-pounds, shad and bass. In every case these reels proved to be totally adequate and reliable. The oldest reel has been in use since 1992.
TR/Light TR/1 TR/2
Mark Bachmann uses Abel Reels
Originally Designed in 1992, and reintroduced in 2008. Internal adjustable pawl-click drag made from 303 heat treated stainless steel is adjustable for incoming and outgoing tension. Standard arbor with rim control configuration. These may be the most perfect trout reels ever produced. The TR/Light balances with ultra light rods. The TR/1 is the 3/4/5 reel. The TR/2 has very low internal start-up to protect fine tippets and fragile hooks for spring creek fishing and enough line capacity for Alaskan rainbows. Pictured above is a 19 year old TR/2 on a 5-weight rod. It offers large diameter for fast line pick-up, 150-yard capacity and proven reliability over many, many fishing trips. I own three TR/2 Reels and four spools, & never been sorry I bought them. Unless otherwise specified, all TR Reels and spools are shipped Black Coral color.


Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
3.1 oz. 2.550" .625" WF1F + 90 yd. #20 WF2F + 65 yd. #20
In the late 1800's English-made fly reels designed with click/pawl drag systems gained world wide popularity because of their smooth trouble free operation. This click/pawl system of regulating line tension has an advantage of having very low inertial start-up, which protects fine leader tippets from breakage. That is why Abel incorporated this type of drag into the modern T/R Series of reels.


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Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
4 oz. 2.800" .750" WF3F + 110 yd. #20 WF4F + 90 yd. #20
The Abel T/R Series are the reels that old English craftsmen would have made if they had had the metal technology and machining tools to do so. Abel T/R Series reels are made in ultra modern heavy duty, computer driven machines from distortion resistant aircraft aluminum alloy bar stock. Then they are hand finished and then anodized to further harden the metal and make it virtually corrosion proof.

Abel T/R 1 Reel

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ABELTR-1S Abel TR Spool TR-1 $130 SALE ENDED


Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
4.3 oz. 3.025" .750" WF5F + 150 yd. #20 WF6F + 130 yd. #20
Abel T/R reels are the culmination of over two hundred years of incremental development toward the perfect traditional trout reel. T/R's are lightweight, but substantial, simple and efficient, smooth in operation and elegant to look at. They are also price competitive, and made to last, and be heirlooms for generations of anglers. That's why I bought a set...for me, my children, grand children, great grand children and great great grand children to enjoy.

Abel T/R 2 Reel

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ABELTR-2S Abel TR Spool TR-2 $135 SALE ENDED

Abel Creek Series
Originally the Creek series was available only in the large arbor configuration. Now it is available in both standard and large arbor configuration to fit a wider variety of rod sizes.

Abel T/R-2 and Abel Creek-2
Abel T/R-2 and Abel Creek-2, both on 5-weight rods.
Abel Creek Reels are a traditional design with a very modern flavor.
Abel Creel Reels
These are modern large-arbor trout reels with traditional values including an adjustable click drag. The narrow frame coupled with large arbor spool means fast line pick-up, fast retrieve and a classic, elegant look. These reels have a very low inertial start-up to protect fine tippets.
The soft clicking sound is audible as the line goes in or out.
Optional Colors
  • 2009 marks the 11th year Abel has made Abel Creek Reels.
  • Internally adjustable pawl click drag made from 303 heat treated stainless steel is locked in place by two small hex cam nuts and a spring retainer.
  • To adjust the incoming or outgoing tension, simply rotate the fully enclosed hex nuts with your fingertip.
  • Narrow frame equals fast line pick-up.
  • FlexABELity: Interchange both large arbor and standard arbor spools.

Abel Creek #1
Super lightweight for trout rods. Designed to match up with two to four weight outfits.

Spool Option

Weight Oz. Spool Dia. Spool Width Hub Dia. Line + Yards of Backing
3.8 3.125" 0.600" 1.620" WF2F + 80 #20.
WF3F + 55 #20
Standard Arbor 4.0 3.125" 0.600" NA WF3F + 195 #20.
WF4F + 160 #20
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ABL-CK1-LAR Abel Creek 1 Reel, Large Arbor $300 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK1-LAS Abel Creek 1 Spool, Large Arbor $150 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK1-SAR Abel Creek 1 Reel, Standard Arbor $260 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK1-SAS Abel Creek 1 Spool, Standard Arbor $110 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK1-KIT Abel Creek 1 FlexABELity Kit with both Large Arbor and Standard Arbor Spools, SAVE $40 $370 SALE ENDED

Abel Creek #2
Super lightweight for trout rods. Designed to match up with three to five weight outfits.

Spool Option

Weight Oz. Spool Dia. Spool Width Hub Dia. Line + Yards of Backing
4.2 3.500" 0.600" 1.620" WF4F + 110 #20.
WF5F + 80 #20.
Standard Arbor 4.3 3.500" 0.600" NA WF5F + 210 #20.
WF6F + 180 #20.
Model Description Price To Top
ABL-CK2-LAR Abel Creek 2 Reel, Large Arbor $310 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK2-LAS Abel Creek 2 Spool, Large Arbor $160 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK2-SAR Abel Creek 2 Reel, Standard Arbor $270 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK2-SAS Abel Creek 2 Spool, Standard Arbor $120 SALE ENDED
ABL-CK2-KIT Abel Creek 2 FlexABELity Kit with both Large Arbor and Standard Arbor Spools, SAVE $40 $390 SALE ENDED

Abel Creek Reels have very few parts...

All Abel anodized aluminum products are shipped "Black Coral" color
unless specified as different:
However, Many Abel Products Are Available In Exclusive Anodized Colors
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Abel Reels are available in a number unique and distinctive color patterns. These colors are not paint that can flake off or change color with age. These colors are put into the metal through a chemical process called anodizing. They are permanent and beautiful. Each Graphic and Scenic reel is totally unique and no two are exactly the same. Each is custom made. Allow four weeks for delivery.
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