Norm Woods Special

Created by Norm Woods



HOOK: 2X heavy wire, 2X long shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 5263 or equivalent. Sizes 6-10

THREAD: Orange

RIB: Fine gold wire


BODY: Synthetic dubbing; brownish orange for salmonfly, yellow or gold for golden stonefly

WING: "Norm Woods" color. (Ask; they'll know)

Legs (optional): Black

Thorax: Orange



This is a traditional Northwest pattern that imitates adult golden stoneflies or salmonflies, depending on the color.


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.



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