I’ve heard Salmonflies are here! They’re out in force on the Deschutes River. It’s an exciting time of year as the fish key on eating these big bugs.

Female Salmonfly with Egg Sac | www.johnkreft.com

I’ve heard from others these stoneflies are all over the grasses along the river.

Deschutes River Salmonfly | www.johnkreft.com

Golden Stones won’t be far behind. They are a little smaller and lighter in color.

Deschutes River Golden Stonefly | www.johnkreft.com

Salmonflies, known as Pteronarcys californica, and Golden Stones, known as Hesperoperla pacifica and Calineuria californica, are the two most important stoneflies available to the trout in my area.

These are the biggest bugs the fish will see all year, so the fish usually go crazy when they’re around. Salmonflies range from size 6, with some stretching out to size 2! Golden Stones range from sizes 10 to 6.

For more information about the lifecycle of Salmonflies and Golden Stones, read my Missing the Salmonfly Hatch post from last year.

What is your favorite fly to imitate them?

Here are flies I carry in my fly box.

What’s in your fly box?

Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly Box | www.johnkreft.com

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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