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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The YSF Stinger

Spring is here for the Idaho fly fisher. Try out this guy for some great times. Fish on top or strip down for a very effective shallow streamer pattern. The fish love it. And for easy wings that float like a charm for your Stinger, go to "Hot Wings".

The simple "YSF Stinger" is written and tied by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. The fly was designed because most hoppers and stoneflies are difficult to tie, primarily because of the addition of legs. The hackle here subs for the legs and looks very real to the trout. The YSF is very easy to tie and can be completed in only minutes. An array of colors can be used and I like sizes 6-10 on a long shank hook. The Krystal Flash adds to the visibility. This is a great Idaho fly fishing bug which should produce well for anyone particularly in the spring, summer and fall months.

Tie in Krystal Flash and cut to 1/2 hook bend length.

Now tie in some good hackle. Rust used here.

Add foam. This is roughly 1/4" wide with a tail section.

Wrap foam around hook. Evenly space.

Cut off excess in a round or square fashion.

Wrap hackle evenly in thread space.
Tie in wing behind head.
PS-Trim hackle below wing for better lay.

Add small clump of elk or caribou behind head.

Half hitch behind eye. Finished fly.

Finished fly!!!

Please feel free to send me comments. I am always looking for ways to improve my patterns.

Happy Idaho Fly Fishing, Hard takes, sore arms, bent rods and screaming reels to you all.

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PS - Check out related posts @ YSF Stinger Perfected (fishing techniques) and Hopper / Hopper Tandem Secrets (fishing techniques).

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