A Revolutionary Concept in Tying Dry Flies
While many streamers incorporate some sort of articulation in their bodies, and there are a few articulated nymphs, there are very few articulated dry flies. Large stoneflies are a natural place to start for developing effective articulated patterns.
Not long ago, my local fly shop, Idaho Fishing Outfitters, showed me a sample of an articulated stonefly floating pattern tied by Arnold Peterson. Peterson says he found the pattern on the Internet and tied a few of them. What a great idea: an articulated dry fly!
I was very excited about producing an effective dry fly imitation, and launched into making my own version using a few of my own ideas. With the help of my son, Michael, who manages Idaho Fishing Outfitters, I was finally able to come up with a functional, good-looking fly that performs well and mimics the wiggling butts of the natural stoneflies on the water.
KG’s Booty Shaker is an articulated dry fly that mimics the moving legs and abdomen of an adult stonefly struggling in the surface film. While this fly is not an entirely new concept, it is an original pattern destined to find a place in many fly boxes. Best of all, the fish love it!
Finishing KG’s Booty Shaker Stone
Tying Notes and Tips
While this is not a perfect fly, KG’s Booty Shaker hits several triggers that spur large trout to rise. And where salmonflies are king, do not discount the slightly smaller golden stones; trout eagerly feed on them, as well. I tie the Booty Shaker in a couple of sizes and color combinations to match all these large stoneflies. There are a few nuances in tying KG’s Booty Shaker, so pay close attention to the details in the step-bystep instructions.
I use a Gamakatsu B10S Stinger hook in size 8 to match the golden stonefly, and size 6 for the salmonfly. I searched long and hard for the right hook. First, the gap must be wide enough to accommodate the fly’s foam body, and the shank must be long enough to accommodate only the thorax and give the finished fly the correct proportions. The hook must be light but strong, not some heavy streamer or nymph hook. Also, I wanted a hook with a straight eye so the fly would lie as level as possible on the water.
I use a 55-millimeter-long Fish-Skull Articulated Shank for making the abdomen of the fly. Cut the shank to length after completing the abdomen. I also utilize strips of two-millimeter-thick craft foam for the abdomen and thorax. Prior to tying on the foam, taper the ends of the strips so the tail and head of the fly are narrower than the thorax.
I prefer extra-long bleached elk hair for the wing. This material flares well and is long enough to extend beyond the tail of the finished fly. The hair wing gives the pattern flotation and visibility on the water, and allows it to ride low in the surface film while achieving maximum movement in the legs and abdomen.
Secure the tail, wing, body, and legs of the fly during the tying process using superglue. After making several copies of this pattern, you will be tying it like a pro.
What a great article and fly! This is Kelly Glissmeyer’s first submission to our magazine, and we are very impressed. His writing and photography—and flies—are exceptional, and we hope he sends more. Kelly lives in Idaho.