The Stimulator enjoys the reputation of being one of the most popular dry flies in the Rockies. Fly shops sell them by the hundreds of dozens, and its no wonder. Developed by Randall Kauffmann the Stimulator is a great floater, highly visible, and sports a wide, fish-attracting profile. A good match for an adult stonefly, it mimics caddis and terrestrial insects just as well. Overall, this fly just yells “Food!” to the fish, and I always have some in my box. At first glance, the Stimulator looks complicated, but its made up of all the same components and steps as the Elk Hair Caddis.

Fly Tying Recipe:
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Hook: #6-18 TMC 5212

Thread: Fluorescent Fire Orange 70-denier UTC

Tail: Natural Yearling Elk Hair

Rib: Fine Copper Ultra Wire

Abdomen: Yellow Antron Dubbing

Body Hackle: Brown Rooster Neck Hackle

Wing: Natural Yearling Elk Hair

Thorax Hackle: Grizzly Rooster Neck Hackle

Thorax: Fluorescent Fire Orange Antron Dubbing