FLY TYING TUTORIALS OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN 
TROUT FLIES

The Stimulator

                       

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Introduction



The Stimulator was developed by Randall Kaufmann and 
has since become a top producing fly all over the country.
It has been a favorite dry fly in the GSMNP for quite a few
years. One of it's greatest attributes is that it has the ability 
to float on very turbulent water. It may be at it's zenith when 
used on high altitude brookie streams. It does have some
tying difficulties and I will try to point out some things that 
can help when you are tying a few up for a trip.

 Recipe

Hook: TMC 200R or Dai-Riki 280
Thread: Uni thread 8/0 Yellow or color desired.
Tail: Deer or elk hair -moderately stiff
Abdomen: Antron dubbing light yellow  
Thorax: Superfine orange dubbing
Hackle: 1 grizzly hackle sized slightly smaller than hook size for the abdomen. 1 Ginger hackle sized 2 times smaller than hook size.
Ribbing is optional


Step 1

Step 1

Place hook in the vice.

 

Step 2

Step 2


Tie in thread and wind from front to back 2-3 times. This 
will help some with hair slipping. Park thread at the point
 shown in the picture.

Step 3

Step 3


Take a section of deer or elk hair and tie in slightly in front of 
the hook point. Make a couple of soft wraps and the tighten 
down with the wraps a few times.  Hold hair in the left hand 
as you tie it down.

Step 4

Step 4


Take butt ends and pull hair at a 90degree angle to the hook.
 Now cut the hair off. This will help with creating a angle
 to tie down and not leave an big hump.

Step 5

Step 5

This is what the cut will look like and it is ready to tie 
down. Begin winding wraps forward.

Step 6

Step 6

This is what the butt end will look like as it is finished 
and ready to be dubbed in.

Step 7

Step 7


Now wind in dubbing onto the thread and dub back to 
 the end of the thread wraps. Fill in the area somewhat at 
the front part of the thread, now bring thread back 
to the starting point.

Step 8

Step 8





Place grizzly hackle onto tiers side and tie in. Wrap back to
 the end of the dubbing with palmer wraps. Leave hackle
 stem hanging down. Follow up with thread wraps to lock
hackle in. Make three wraps over the hackle to secure it, 
where it has been hanging. Wind back over the hackle
 to the beginning point or if you have used a wire ribbing,
 bring it forward.

 

Stage 9




Step 9

Hackle is ready to be trimmed off. 

Step 10

Step 10

Trim off point.

Step 11

Step 11




Now tie in section of deer or elk hair that is just a little softer. 
Make tip ends finish just above hook bend. Tie in hair by 
making a wrap around the hair and then around the hook and hair. Now finish this area with several strong wraps. Move back 
toward the abdomen and make slightly more wraps, building
 this area a bit. Now wind thread forward toward the hookeye, 
tapering down in size as you go. Hold butt ends at a
 90 degree angle to the hook and trim off. This is what 
it should look like.

Step 12

Step 12

Continue to wrap forward and hold the wings in your left hand.

Step 13

Step 13


Finish wrapping to the hook eye and dub in orange superfine 
dubbing. Try to make a slim taper from the front to the back 
of the thorax. Bring thread back to the hookeye and tie in a 
Ginger hackle that is two sizes smaller than hook size.

Step 14

Step 14


Wind hackle back to the wing hair and make three locking 
wraps to secure the hackle. Wind thread back to the hookeye. 
Trim off hackle and finish tying off the head.

Step 15
Step 15

This is your finished fly and now you're ready to fish. 
See you high up on the mountain.

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