Golden Stoneflies

Golden Stoneflies were out in force along the Lower Deschutes River when I floated from Warm Springs to Trout Creek last week. Goldens are a very important part of a trout’s diet.

A couple species are lumped under the heading “Golden Stonefly” – the Hesperoperla pacifica and Calineuria californica. Who cares what the scientific names are, we can call them Goldens. They are the “little brother” of the bigger Salmonflies, known as Pteronarcys californica

Some fishermen say when Goldens and Salmonflies are available, fish seem to key on Goldens. Who knows why.

Golden Stonefly Adult

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Chubby Chernobyl Fly Patterns

Chubby Chernobyl flies are a newer iteration of the old Chernobyl Ant pattern used by many fishermen several years ago. This odd looking fly is a go to fly when the Salmonflies and Golden Stones begin their annual hatch, which is mid-May into June. This is one of the best hatches of the year. Check out my Salmonflies blog post that I recently wrote to see some pictures of the real bugs.

Chubby Chernobyl Golden Stone

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Salmonflies

Salmonfly adult

Yup – it’s time for Salmonflies to hatch.

We all wait for this time of year when these BIG bugs become active and the fish go crazy. As in reckless with voracious appetites. Trout have already seen March Browns and Caddis this spring. But these bugs are BIG!

Have you ever looked into the gullet of a big trout after the feeding really begins? You’ll see a few of these bugs sticking out. Why would trout continue feeding if they physically don’t have any more room?

Here is the miracle of nature in progress:

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