Montana and Stoneflies

Montana Nymphs

Montana  nymphs were originally designed as an impressionistic fly based around the giant black stonefly or salmon fly Pteronarcys californica. Species similar are found all around the world and trout love them. Interestingly pike, chub, perch and many other species hit these viciously!

Stoneflies

The stonefly is available to trout in two stages: the nymph and the egg laying adult. Nymphs are normally  found in cool, well oxygenated, fast water and rapids that have stony or rocky bottoms. However a few species have adapted to living in slower water with silt and weed, mainly near stony lake or reservoir shores.  The Stonefly nymph is an important source of food for the trout and other fish. It cannot swim. This should be kept in mind when fishing. It spends it's life crawling over the gravel and stony river and lake beds. They eat small invertebrate animals, decaying plant material, organic matter, algae and bacteria. They get oxygen from the water by diffusion or by means of external, feathery gill tufts. These may be presented on the head, neck, or thorax. They prefer cold water as it holds more oxygen than warm water. As the nymphs grow they develop long tails at the end of their abdomen and segmented wing pads on their back. They can molt their skins up to 30 times and some species take up to 4 years to develop from egg to adult. Pale colored soft skinned nymphs that have just molted their skins are a particular attractive target for the local fish. As their shell hardens it darkens in colour.

The nymphs crawl from the water to hatch on land where they are safe from hungry fish. The trout follow them in their migration. They also crawl up overhanging vegetation, rocks and tree branches if they are available. Once out of the water they pop out of their shuck and emerge as a winged adult. 

The adult stoneflies look exactly like the nymphs except they have folded flat wings over their back when at rest. Some newly hatched adults try to fly too early and flutter down to the water surface a number of times before reaching land. This causes excitement on the water from the lurking predatory fish.

Fishing Montanas and Stoneflies

The montana and stoneflies can be fished at virtually any depth with any line, floating, sinking or intermediate with a long leader!

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Bead Head  Black Stonefly

Bead Head Black Stonefly£1.20

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Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head  Brown Stonefly

Bead Head Brown Stonefly£1.20

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Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Deadly
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Bead Head  Green Montana Short Shank

Bead Head Green Montana Short Shank£1.20

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Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head  Olive Stonefly

Bead Head Olive Stonefly£1.20

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Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head  Orange Montana Short Shank Hook

Bead Head Orange Montana Short Shank Hook£1.20

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Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head  Orange Stonefly

Bead Head Orange Stonefly£1.20

  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head  Red Montana Short Shank

Bead Head Red Montana Short Shank£1.20

  (3)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Deadly
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Bead Head  Yellow Montana

Bead Head Yellow Montana£1.20

  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Bead Head Montana Dancer

Bead Head Montana Dancer£1.05

Fly Size 8

Beadhead Montana Collection

Beadhead Montana Collection£10.50

10 beadhead flies
sizes 14 & 16
Black Stonefly

Black Stonefly£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Brown Stonefly

Brown Stonefly£0.90

  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Colonels Creeper Black

Colonels Creeper Black£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Colonels Creeper Cream

Colonels Creeper Cream£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Colonels Creeper Olive

Colonels Creeper Olive£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12, 14.

Mini Montana Green

Mini Montana Green£1.05

Fly Size 10

Mini Montana Red

Mini Montana Red£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana

Montana£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Fluoro Green

Montana Fluoro Green£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Fluoro Green Beadhead

Montana Fluoro Green Beadhead£1.05

Fly Size 10, 12

Montana Green Hot Head

Montana Green Hot Head£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Green Short Shank Hook

Montana Green Short Shank Hook£0.90

  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Montana Marabou Green Nugget

Montana Marabou Green Nugget£0.90

  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Montana Marabou Orange Nugget

Montana Marabou Orange Nugget£0.90

  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Montana Orange

Montana Orange£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Montana Orange Beadhead

Montana Orange Beadhead£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Orange Weighted Nymph

Montana Orange Weighted Nymph£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Purple Weighted Nymph

Montana Purple Weighted Nymph£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Red

Montana Red£0.90

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Available in Fly Size(s)
6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Montana Red Beadhead

Montana Red Beadhead£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Red Weighted Nymph

Montana Red Weighted Nymph£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Tungsten

Montana Tungsten£1.25

Fly Size 10

Montana White Beadhead

Montana White Beadhead£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana White Weighted Nymph

Montana White Weighted Nymph£1.05

Fly Size 10

Montana Yellow

Montana Yellow£0.90

  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Montana Yellow Beadhead

Montana Yellow Beadhead£1.05

Fly Size 10, 12

Montana Yellow Weighted Nymph

Montana Yellow Weighted Nymph£1.05

Fly Size 10

Olive Stonefly

Olive Stonefly£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

Stonefly Creeper Nugget

Stonefly Creeper Nugget£0.90

  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
6, 8, 10.

Stonefly Nugget

Stonefly Nugget£0.90

Available in Fly Size(s)
10.

  
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