Plecopteran Purple

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The Society of Bored Fly Tyers announced today the existence of an experimental line of Plecopteran (stonefly) flies tied predominately in the color purple. The flies for the most part mimic traditional Plecopteran patterns like the Brooks Montana Stone, Parks Stonefly, Minch’s Stonefly nymphs, Stimulators and Flashback stones, etc. The patterns are scheduled to undergo field trials this summer on selected watersheds SW Montana. Trials may be disrupted if the National Park Service fails to open Yellowstone National Park in time for the 2020 park fishing season which should begin on May 23rd. There are key waters in the park that anglers rely on for early season stonefly patterns. However there are plenty of traditional stonefly waters throughout SW Montana outside the park for the trials to begin.

Once field trials are completed late this summer, a report will be published as to the efficacy of the patterns. Fly anglers and fly tiers are cautioned against hoarding purple fly tying material in advance of field trials. As it is not a common color in most trout related fly tying materials, fly shops and online suppliers generally don’t have a strong supply. Society experts caution that these are experimental flies with no track record of success. The flies may be completely useless and cause unnecessary frustration if anglers think they are a panacea Hoarding now may disrupt trials if the flies are successful and the secret leaks out. If the trials are unsuccessful, then overstocking with purple materials now may prove to be a waste of money. The society did ask that any fly tier desiring to participate in the field trials should begin to tie Plecopteran purple patterns now before supplies of purple materials dry up. Successful and unsuccessful patterns should be reported to the society during the summer.

This writer, with sources within the society, was provided some initial prototype Plecopteran purple patterns to evaluate. These flies and patterns are listed below.

Montana Purple Stone

Purple Flashback Stone

  •  Hook: Firehole Stick 718 #6
  • Bead: 5/32” Very Berry Tungsten Firehole Stone
  • Thread: UTC 140 Purple
  • Tail: Purple Chickabou trimed
  • Body: Purple Semi-Seal overlaid with purple Flashabou
  • Rib: UTC BR Red Wire
  • Thorax: Purple Senyo Laser Dub
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed purple
  • Legs: Purple Life Flex

Purple Stimulator

  • Hook: Firehole Stick 718 #8
  • Thread: UTC 140 Purple
  • Tail: Purple McFlylon
  • Body: Purple Simi-Seal
  • Rib: Grizzly hackle dyed purple
  • Wing: Purple McFlylon
  • Thorax: Purple Senyo Laser Dub
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed purple

 

Minch’s Purple Stone

  • Hook: Firehole Stick 811 #8
  • Bead: 5/32” Very Berry Tungsten Firehole Stone
  • Thread: UTC 140 Purple
  • Tail: Purple Chickabou trimed
  • Body: Dark Purple crystal chenille
  • Thorax: Purple Semi-Seal
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed purple

 

Parks Purple Stone

  •  Hook: Firehole Stick 718 #6
  • Thread: UTC 140 Purple
  • Tail: Purple EP Gamechanger
  • Body: Purple Z-lon
  • Rib: Grizzly dyed Purple clipped
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed purple

 

Mega Purple Jon

  • Hook: Firehole Stick 811 #8
  • Thread: UTC 140 Purple
  • Tail: Grizzly dyed Purple fibers
  • Body: Large Purple wire
  • Thorax: Peacock Herl overlaid with purple Flashabou
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed purple

The beginning of field trials are planned for the week of April 13th on the Madison River with regular trials held every week until October 2020. The Society of Bored Fly Tyers welcomes input on the Plecopteran Purple family of fly patterns.

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  1. geoff Dolbear

    Great inspiration!
    Where I live in the Houston suburbs, my flyfishing centers on warm water ponds with bass and sunfish. One of the flies I find useful is the Bitch Creek Nymph, sort of a stone fly. So, I went to the bench and tied a couple in size 6 with purple and yellow coloring. They worked like a shot, bringing in three beautiful large sunfish, about 11 inches each.
    Next? How about Lefety’s deceiver with purple and white?
    Thanks!

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