My MacSalmon


Imitates the adult form of the salmonfly, also known as the giant stonefly.

This pattern evolved from Al Troth's MacSalmon pattern. Originator Jeff Morgan feels a darker-hued pattern works a little better. He sometimes paints the sides and bottom of the yarn. You can also paint a black butt on the fly to imitate the egg sac of a returning female.

Because of the bulk of the yarn, this pattern style is only appropriate for larger stonefly imitations.


A golden stonefly adult can be imitated with a slightly smaller hook and yellow macrame cord for the body.

How to Fish

Stoneflies emerge on land, so adults are not available to trout when the hatch. But they spend several weeks crawling aroun in bankside vegetation looking for a mate. As the day warms up, the adults become active, and in their search for love they are often blown or fall out of overhanging vegetation. Once on the water, they either drown or are eaten by trout (let this be a lesson to you). So the best places to cast a salmonfly imitation are near the bank just downstream or downwind from overhanging vegetation. The river should be 2-4 feet deep, and if it has a rocky, bouldery bottom, so much the better. Use standard dry fly presentations

Near dusk, females salmonflies often gather in hoards, then drop to the river to lay their eggs. This is another fishing opportunity that should not be missed.

Because the salmonfly hatch is so popular with anglers, trout get pounded and soon become wary. A downstream presentation often works best in these circumstances.

Tying Instructions

1. Tie in thread near the head of the fly.

2. Burn macrame yarn before tying. Make a black melted ball to represent the egg sac. Tie in so that it extends about 1/4 longer than the hook shank.

3. Super glue macrame tie-in point, let dry.

4. Tie in Root Beer KrystalFlash underwing.

5. Tie in dark elk hair overwing. Make sure both underwing and overwing are tied in on top of the macrame. If you tie them in front of the macrame, they will both tend to flare up, making the wing too tall.

6. Tie in deer-hair pointed forward. Bring it back to make a bullet head.

7. Tie in rubber legs on each side of the fly.

8. Half hitch or whipfinish.

9. Pull back front rubber legs and apply Flexament to the bullet head. This will greatly increase the durability of the fly.

HOOK: Dai Riki 270, size 2-8

THREAD: Hot orange 6/0 Uni-Thread

BODY: Orange macrame yarn. Burn at ends. Sides may be colored with slate gray waterproof pen

UNDERWING: Dark elk hair

HEAD: Deer hair tied bullet-style

LEGS: Grizzly Spirit River Sparkle Legs