Monday, September 6, 2010

Fishing the Stimulator

  This is one of the best pieces I have read on Stimulators. I am fishing hoppers now on my local lake. The Spotted Bass love the big hoppers. I agree with this read concerning the float ability of the stimulator, nothing works better in fast runs. I picked up some really good information here. I hope this piece is also helpful to you as well.

Stimulators are definitely one the most popular "big" flies on trout streams. They are versatile, float well, visible, easy to tie, and can imitate a lot of different things. As soon as Stone Flies or Salmon Flies hatch, Stimulators will be effective and will continue to be right up through the fall. As soon as the Stone and Salmon Flies disappear, the hoppers will be hitting the water. Hopper imitations will work well into the Fall Caddis hatch. With the exception of color variations from the river to river and from hatch to hatch, the stimulator will imitate any of these bugs, as well as just looking like a tasty treat floating by.

Each river has its own variations of color and size of certain bugs that the Stimulator will imitate. As a general rule, below is a list of the colors that are typical for certain bugs and the times of the year they are generally present throughout North America.

May-July: Stone / Salmon Flies These big bugs hatch as soon as the river starts to clear and warm up. They vary in size greatly with good imitations tied on hooks from size 2 (huge) to size 18 (small) for Little Sallies. Stone Flies also vary in color widely depending on the river, so it is wise to check the colors you will need before you go. Most are some variation or combination of gray, brown, orange, tan, and or yellow.

July-September: Hoppers The hot summer months typically produce smaller aquatic insects than earlier in the year. This however is when land insects attain their full size. Grass Hoppers are something that hungry fish are always looking for as they uncontrollably fly and accidentally land on the water where they are helpless. Hoppers vary in size and color, but any good size stimulator pattern in yellow, tan, brown, green, orange, and maybe some red combination will usually bring trout to the surface. Many times though, they are wary, so the fly needs to be fished naturally and with light tippet, as the water is usually low and clear this time of year.

September-November: Fall Caddis Known by many names such as October, Fall, and Autumn Caddis, it is not hard to figure out when these super-sized caddises are in the rivers. As far as shape goes, Fall Caddis looks exactly like any other caddis. But for size, they are much bigger with patterns tied on hook sizes 6-12 being the norm. Regular Caddis can be any color, but the only color you will need for October Caddis is a creamy orange color. A stimulator with an orange body is about as good as it gets when chasing trout in the fall, almost no matter which North American river you are trout fishing. The odd thing about this hatch is that you will not see them emerging out of the water and flying all around like other caddis hatches. Turn over some rocks though or look in the bushes along the bank and you will find them. Just when you think there are none around is when one will scare you by crawling up the back of your neck. When they do fly you know what it is as it will struggle to stay in the air, and then hit the water and release its eggs, hopefully before getting eaten. Anyway, if you plan to be on a trout stream in the fall, be sure to have some orange stimulators in your fly box (yellow will probably work too).

Fishing a Stimulator Stimulators are one of my favorite patterns to fish. They are easy to cast, highly visible, and the fish love them. Just squirt a little fly floatant on it and you are ready to fish. I like to fish them in fast water where fish will see them and not have much time to make up their mind as to whether or not it is real. Usually, you can get by with heavier tippet with these than with small imitations. I typically use 3X or 4X, unless they are being finicky, then I will go a little lighter to 5X tippet. If I see even one stonefly in the sky throughout the day, I will immediately tie on a Stimulator of some color variation depending on the river. If there are stoneflies on the water, those fish will be looking up, and a big juicy insect is too much to pass up.


Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Bill! Thanks for the post!

Bill Trussell said...

I have learned so much from articles just like this one on the stimulator.
Thanks for the commnet

Bigerrfish said...

I think I have read this bit before.. where did you find it? and who wrote it? I did read right and your fishing the stimulater as a hopper on a lake... or are you fishing it as a stone fly on the lake? you should try a yellow stimulater with an orange butt and micro rubber legs if you want to get a reaction from a fish lookin up at stones

Bill Trussell said...

This piece of info. on this post came from one of my alerts. It is by Chris N. Jackson an expert author for Ezine Articles. Anyone can wrtie an article and publish it on this site. I thought it was worth sharing with all my fellow bloggers. I use the alerts to learn more about trout fishing. I have used the Hopper on one of the lakes I fished back during the first of the year. I had a lot success with it. I will try the colored stimulator. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

I picked up my first fly rod setup this year but due to work I didn't get going like I wanted to. Now that deer season is almost upon us I will study up over the winter on fly fishing so i can get r done next summer.
I hope to get some good info from you blog.

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Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Rick for checking in on this post. I tell you this fly fishing is habit forming. I use to bass fish most of the time and have always fly fish, but over the past couple of years I have totally gone fly all the way. I still do a little bass fishing in the spring and late fall, but fly fishing is my game now. Keep checking my post because I have started posting a lot of info. dealing with fly fishing. You need to join my nephews blog, because he is a big bow hunter. Thanks for the comment.

Will K said...

Great post, Bill. I always enjoy the way you pass on info like this. I always learn or relearn something reading your blog.

I've always been a fan of the Stim, but after reading this I'm gonna re-beef up my box with some new colors and sizes and see what they can do. They definitely do very well in riffled water, that's for sure.

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Will, I have found one can never learn everything about fly fishing or fishing in general. I am really learning along with my fellow boggers. Thanks for the comment.