Late May through mid-June is the time to fish the Deschutes River, the upper Klamath and the Rogue’s golden stonefly and salmonfly hatches. These monster flies crawl up out of the water to dry their wings, perching in trees or in the tall streamside grass. Sometimes, hanging out over the water, they will fall in and are swept to waiting trout.
Tie this pattern in yellow and orange to imitate both species. This pattern fishes well in faster water. The fish will be close to the bank. Look for rising trout, then cast upstream and let the current carry it down.
Tie Lawson’s Henry’s Fork Salmonfly with orange (or yellow to simulate a golden stonefly) thread on a No. 4-8 long dry-fly hook.
Use moose hair for the tail. Wrap burnt orange dubbing and a barred ginger hackle for the body. Tie in elk hair for the wing. Use dark moose hair angled forward then pull it back and tie it down at the collar. Finally, coat the bullet head with head cement to finish.