Sam’s Softhackle Sally

Sam’s Softhackle Sally

Sally slimmed down

Day dreaming away a cold winters day at the tying vise is one of the reasons we tie flies. Tying this one up makes me think of warmer days, my boat and the Upper Colorado River.

Sally shrunk! Maybe it was a New Years Resolution a few years back that stuck, but Sally has become noticeably smaller. The water of the upper Colorado River between Pumphouse and Catamount is perfect Stonefly habitat and the Yellow Sally is around all summer long. A standard #12-#16 pattern would do the trick most days up until about 3-4 years ago when Sally apparently joined the gym. Finding a way to imitate these very important bugs was left to guys at a vise since almost all the fly catalogs didn’t have patterns small enough to match the hatch.


Hook:TMC 200R/ #18-#22

Thread: Lt Cahill 8/0

Orange Sharpie butt

Tails and Body: Nature Spirit Goose Biots (Golden Stone)

Yellow Haretron Dubbing

Wing: Gray Swiss Straw

Hackle: Lt Dun Hen Hackle

It’s time to nail down your 2024 fly fishing trip with Minturn Anglers.

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Justin Nolan

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