The profile on this fly is ideal! This fly is a great all around Stonefly Nymph, which works ALL YEAR. Stoneflies live a on a 2-4 year life cycle which means there are various sizes and species of stoneflies in the river all year long. This fly makes a particularly good Skwala Stonefly Nymph. These bugs migrate into the shallows early in the spring on many western rivers and the big trout prey on these tasty vittles. It is important to have a variety of weights on your stoneflies, we like to fish unweighted flies in areas that have a lot of sticks along the bottom and then use heavier patterns in the faster currents when it is critical for the fly to get down into the bottom half of the water column.Be sure to adjust your depth as necessary, and consider an adjustable indicator setup like a Thingamaleader system. Stonefly Nymphs are a Proven Pattern.
The 20"er Stone is called a 20"er for a reason! This fly will catch big wise river trout that can only be caught on very natural patterns and the Peacock used in this tie will fool even the most selective trout. The Peacock will shine almost every color in the light spectrum, giving this fly a "buggy" look that cannot be captured by artificial materials. It is a great fly and certain to help fill your photo album with pictures of 20" trout!
High stick nymphing is also done with a strike indicator and is deadly on big rivers where fast currents suck your line underwater! Some of the biggest trout live in water that has whirlpools and harsh seamlines. Learn how to high stick nymph by raising your rod up high and preventing drag from occurring when the line is sucked underwater. This is very effective, especially with rods longer than 9'.