Fly of the Month: Yellow Sally

Greg Garcia was tying this fly at the West Denver exhibition several weeks ago when ETU board member Tim Stechert spotted it as one of the real beauties of the show. Turns out, it is one of Greg’s originals and, as he describes it, is really effective come early summer pretty much all over Colorado and up into Wyoming and Montana when you begin to see the little Yellow Sallie stoneflies come off.

Greg, whom you normally find at Charlie’s FlyBox over in Arvada, is scheduled to appear at an ETU program in the near future, so watch the newsletter. As you see here, he ties a really nice fly. And just as Bob Dye of the Blue Quill kept emphasizing with the fly we had in the newsletter last month, Greg makes a point of tying his flies sparse. As he says, “make every turn of the thread count.”

Hook: TMC 2312 #14-16
Thread: Uni 8/0, chartreuse
Tag: Flashabou, red
Body: Harrop caddis dubbing, yellow (Greg says he believes the brand of material matters, but don’t get so hung up on the brand that it keeps you from tying the fly.)
Underwing: Krystal Flash, Fl. yellow, 8 strands; and Metz Mirror Flash, yellow, 2 strands, or pearl flashabou, 2 strands. (Again, don’t get hung up on the brand)
Wing: Nature’s Spirit yearling elk, bleached
Thorax: Dubbing, yellow
Hackle: Whiting rooster cape, pale yellow
Tying Instructions

Start by tying in the red flashabou about 1/3 of the hook length behind the eye and wrapping back over the fashabou down about 1/3 of the bend of the hook and then bring your thread back up to where the bend begins, or just above and behind the barb. Take the loose end of

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flashabou and wrap it back up to the same spot and tie off. At this point you should have a nice red tag on bend of your hook and thread the rest of the way up to where you originally started.

Now apply the caddis dubbing to your thread, very lightly, and wrap forward to make a smooth, tapered body up to the original starting point about 1/3 of the hook length behind the eye of the hook. The taper should be cigar shaped, with the narrowest part back toward the bend of the hook.

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Next, clean and stack some bleached yearling elk. You will need only a good pinch for the fly. Tie this in on top of the underwing. You want the elk hair to extend just about the length of the hook or very slightly longer. When you tie it off, trim close and finish up the area nicely, making a smooth, tapered wrap toward the front of the hook. At this time, Greg also takes his thumbnail and flattens out the wing. That’s because, he notes, stoneflies have a flat hackle pliers and wrap forward with 4 or 5 evenly spaced wraps.

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Whip finish. Put a thin drop of gloss coat on the tag and the head. You’re done. Oh, and remember when tying this fly: keep it sparse. It really is a beauty. -John Haile with thanks to Greg Garcia.