RIO Fly Designer Patrick Kilby has fished more than a few stonefly hatches over the years. From Salmon Flies to Golden Stones, even Skwalas and Yellow Sallies, Patrick has fished them all, with the Golden Stonefly hatch being his favorite, and for a good reason. These giant bugs tend to draw big fish to the surface resulting in explosive dry fly eats. Stonefly hatches offer anglers a choice of methods to fish them—dead drifting, twitching, or adding a dropper to one. Any one of these tactics can be effective with the right fly, and we have a feeling you’ll more than enjoy the results with arguably the best dry fly action of the season.


Patrick's advice for fishing a stonefly fly hatch is to start early in the morning with a dry-dropper rig. Don’t be afraid to Forgo the “Dry Fly or Die” mentality just for a few hours so you can efficiently find fish before the topwater frenzy begins.