The Wired Stonefly is an amazing Umpqua signature fly pattern from the mind of Brad Befus that drops quick into the depths of any river. Stonefly nymphs are a must-have here in Colorado where ever stones are present (and even where they are not). This is our variation, designed with a mottled color variation and rubber legs to play off the success of the simple Pat’s Rubberlegs stone. Now one could argue that the Pat’s is such a good fly, why mess with a good thing? Keep in mind that the Pat’s Rubberlegs is no secret, so sometimes it pays to have something a little different to show the trout.
We have had great success with this fly on the Colorado, Animas, Rio Grande, Arkansas, and Piedra rivers (among others). Tie some up and try them out on your favorite stonefly water.
(I have even been known to trail this bug behind a streamer…those legs have such good movement!)
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.
His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.