May 8, 2018

Clarks' Stone Dry

The Clark’s Stone is one of our go to stonefly patterns during the Salmonfly hatch. 90% of guys I see on the river are throwing gargantuan foam body flies that barely even break surface tension. These flies all generally look the same and it only takes a few hooks in the mouth for a fish to realize he probably doesn’t want to eat those anymore. Enter the Clark’s Stone, with a body consisting of dubbing and deer hair, this bug sits in the film and does an amazing job of being a ‘minimalist’ dry fly. Pack your floatant though, because this fly catches fish, but after being thrashed by a few angry Redbands, it will indeed become waterlogged and sink upon the following casts before being dried back out again. This fly is also an amazing subsurface carcass pattern later in the hatch when bugs that have perished are falling back into the river. The nature of the fly allows for each one to look different in the water, the deer hair wing allows for variation in the silhouette of the bug to look slightly different, making it more recognizable as food and less recognizable as a hook in the mouth to a trout. Next time you’re following behind someone during the big hatch, keep a Clark’s Stone handy, it just plain catches fish.

Jacob Noteboom | Product Specialist

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