Rubber Legged Stimulator -- SALMON FLY version 

Cheech - March 25, 2018

Without diving straight into a history lesson, the Stimulator is one of the most popular and effective flies on the planet, and it has been fished in about every river in the country for multiple decades. It can be tied in almost any size and color, and there are many variations and add-ons that you can add to help match the hatch and float higher. I used to absolutely hate tying these until a friend asked me to tie him a few dozen with a wrapped foam body, and I realized that I probably didn't have the proportions correct or the right materials for the first few that I tied. I ended up getting good hackle, but the most important material on this fly is the hair. Without good hair for the tail and wing, you will want to throw your vise across the room, trust me, I've come close. I have used moose, deer, elk, etc, on this fly, but I think the most consistent hair that I have found is Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk because it has consistent tips and it flares just right. Also, In this video I show a good method for tying in rubber legs to a stimulator (which can be kind of a pain to get right). I chose to use the Ahrex 531 hook because it's the first curved "stimulator" style barbless hook that I've seen, and I really liked the long point and sharpness of the hook. Other great hooks for stimulators are the Daiichi 1260 and the TMC 200R and 2312, but I much prefer the 1260 due to a much more forgiving hook gap. A note regarding hackle... As Nacho Libre would say, "take it eaaaasssy." The thicker you wrap the hackle on the back section of the fly, the harder it will be to set the hook on a fish. Also, the front is not designed to be really full like you will find on some attractor patterns. The Improved Sofa Pillow is a great pattern that showcases a very thick hackle on the front of the fly if you are in to that sort of thing... Also, the front hackle should be slightly larger than the back hackle. Tie em up, and stick some fish!! ~ Cheech

Material List
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

$1.99
Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk
Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk
Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk

Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk

$4.25
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$2.99
Grizzly Flutter Legs
Grizzly Flutter Legs

Grizzly Flutter Legs

$4.50
Ahrex 531 Sedge Dry Fly Hook
Ahrex 531 Sedge Dry Fly Hook

Ahrex 531 Sedge Dry Fly Hook

$8.25
SLF Dave Whitlock Dubbing
SLF Dave Whitlock Dubbing

SLF Dave Whitlock Dubbing

$3.50
Fly Tying Wax Skull
Fly Tying Wax Skull

Fly Tying Wax Skull

$6.95
Loon Ergo Bodkin
Loon Ergo Bodkin

Loon Ergo Bodkin

$9.99
Tiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)
Tiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)

Tiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)

$29.95
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor

Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor

$95.95