February 2015

Stimulator by Bob Coons

	                           Fly Pattern: Stimulator
	Tier's Name: Bob Coons

	Date: February 3,2015

    Fly Originator and History: The jury is out as to whether Randall Kaufmann or 
    Jim Slattery get credit for inventing (or possibly re-inventing) the fly. 
    Regardless, the stimulator seems to have first appeared in the 1980's and has 
    gone through a few changes since then.

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Floating line with a tapered leader. 
    Suggested retrieve: Try various retrieves (slow, fast, etc) with an occasional twitch.
    Depth: On the surface. 
    Comments: Try adding a dropper to increase your chances.

                                Fly Material
    Hook: Size 8,10 or 12, 3X long. TMC 200R or equivalent.
    Thread: Fire Orange Uni 6/0
    Tail:  Deer hair
    Body: Orange Sparkle Yarn (from Wapsi). Try different colors.
    Hackle: Brown saddle hackle.l
    Wing:  Elk hair.
    Front Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle  

                                Tying Steps
    1. Tie in a thread base from about two-eye-lengths behind the eye to a about 
    a third of the way down the bend. Build up a small ball of thread to suggest 
    a small egg. Then  wrap the thread back to a point just above the barb ("the bend").

    2. Tail. The tail should extend about a half-inch beyond the end of the hook.
    Select a small amount of deer hair and tie it in . 

    3. Body. Separate a strand from the orange sparkle yarn hank. To ensure an even 
    body, lay an end of the yarn along the shank so that it spans about 3/4 of the 
    length of the shank. Tie in the yarn from the bend to the 3/4 point and back.

    4. Select a brown hackle feather and tie it in at the bend.

    5. Wrap the yarn forward to the 3/4 point, building up the body as you wrap. 
    Tie it off and cut off the excess.

    6. Hackle. Palmer the hackle forward to the 3/4 point. Tie it off and cut off 
    the excess

    7. Wing. When tied in, the tips of the wing should be about even with the end 
    of the hook. Clean and stack a bundle of elk hair. 

    8. Tie in the elk hair wing just in front of the yarn body. Trim the excess 
    fibers at the base and wrap the thread over the exposed ends, forming a platform 
    for the hackle.

    9. Front hackle. Tie in a grizzly hackle, first giving it a couple of wraps 
    backward to compress the wing. Then wrap forward, giving it 8 or 10 close wraps. 
    Tie off the hackle and cut off the excess.

    10. Form a small head, whip finish, and apply head cement. 

                    Rick Shadforth 04/01/15