Steelhead Nymph-Hotspot Rubber Leg Stonefly

Two years ago while nymphing for steelhead on the Salmon River in Idaho I found myself struggling to catch fish. Like most anglers that day, luck was not in my favor. However, turned out that luck was not the contributing factor to my limited success. Fly selection on my part was probably more responsible for the lack of hookups than anything. This was made evident to me by my friend Chris Cutler who was the only one on the river that day not struggling to catch fish. The guy was killing it while the rest of us wore out our shoulders and pondered what he was doing different to aid in his success. I’m confident it was two things, one, he is a great angler with awesome skills, and two, he was throwing a Hot Spot Rubber Leg Stonefly which was found hanging from the mouth of many of his catches (check out Chris’ blog at Living Fly Legacy). The rest of us continued to pound the river with our own stonefly nymphs, and egg patterns, but the tide never changed in our favor. Needless to say I’ve since tied up dozens of these nymphs and will not be found on a steelhead river without plenty of them.
Hotspot Rubber Leg Stonefly

Traditional Rubber Leg Stonefly patterns have been catching trout like crazy for many years now. By adapting colors that are appealing to steelhead this fly becomes deadly while still being one of the easiest flies to tie around. My preferred method of nymphing is Euro Nymphing for steelhead. This tightline technique has done very well for me, and this fly pattern works very well in this setup.

It has quickly proven to be a go-to nymph, and I now started most of my days steelhead nymphing by tying one on. Simple to tie, and effective on the stream. Perfect combination!

2 Responses to “Steelhead Nymph-Hotspot Rubber Leg Stonefly”

  • John Driessen:

    Thanks for the post. Just moved to Lower Salmon and getting killed on the rivers. Can’t wait to try this one on for size. Recipe wasn’t posted so here is what I gleaned from your vid:
    Daichi 1760 size 4 or 6
    UTC 140 Pink
    Lead wrap
    Can add tungsten bead
    Silly legs (black with red flakes)
    Coffee or Brown chanille
    Hot Pink chanille

  • dgtying:

    I just noticed that the recipe was never added to this post! Sorry about that, and yes the recipe you posted will work great! Good luck, the Salmon is where I have had the most luck with this pattern, but its been higher in the system near Challis. Good luck!!!

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