For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The "Stimulator". How many of us carry this fly in our boxes, and how many of you actually fish it?
While many give credit to Randell Kaufmann for creating this fly, and he might have, others say that's not so. A fly fisher from New Jersey created it and fished it in his home state. Jim Slattery named the fly "Stimulator" after a New York City punk rock group by the same name. But the fly also bears a close resemblance to a fly called a "Sofa Pillow". The Sofa Pillow was created by Pat Barnes in the 1940's. When he tied it and showed it to a group of Texans he was guiding they said that fly is as big as a sofa pillow.
Well no matter what you call it, or who you may think created it, I believe it should be a staple in your box. Tied with various colored bodies, usually orange, yellow, and green, or olive. It can be tied in large sizes 8-10, or smaller sizes 12-16. I prefer 12 and 14. It can represent insects from caddis to stoneflies, to grass hoppers. The orange dubbed body Stimulator is my favorite, and is a great color for Autumn brook trout.
This is an front end view of a Stimulator in action. This fly does just as its name implies.
On streams just as this the Stimulator shines. Weather allowed to drift naturally or skated across slack or swift water it can bring some violent responses.
This wild jewel found it hard to resist all that hair and hackle. You could say he was stimulated by the "Stimulator"