Montana & 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  Orange Stonefly

Bead Head Orange Stonefly

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

£1.20  (2)

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Black Biot Creeper

Black Biot Creeper

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Black Stone Fly Single #4

Black Stone Fly Single #4£3.30

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Black Stone Fly Single #6

Black Stone Fly Single #6£3.30

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Black Stone Nymph

Black Stone Nymph

Fly Size 14

£1.05   £0.90

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Black Stone Nymph #10

Black Stone Nymph #10£1.40

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Brown Stonefly

Brown Stonefly

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10.

£0.90   £0.72  (1)

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Colonels Creeper Cream

Colonels Creeper Cream

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

£0.90

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Cream Biot Creeper

Cream Biot Creeper

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Green Bead Montana Marabou Green #10

Green Bead Montana Marabou Green #10£1.40

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Green Bead Montana Marabou Green #12

Green Bead Montana Marabou Green #12£1.40

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Green Montana (Weighted) #12

Green Montana (Weighted) #12£1.40

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Hares Ear Creeper Nymph

Hares Ear Creeper Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Hares Ear Creeper Nymph #10

Hares Ear Creeper Nymph #10£1.60

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Hares Ear Dark Tungsten

Hares Ear Dark Tungsten

Fly Size 10, 12, 14

£1.25   £1.10

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Large Black Heavy Stone Nymph

Large Black Heavy Stone Nymph

Fly Size 6

£1.05   £0.90

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Large Dark Heavy Stone Nymph

Large Dark Heavy Stone Nymph

Fly Size 6, 8

£1.05   £0.90

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Large Light Heavy Stone Nymph

Large Light Heavy Stone Nymph

Fly Size 6, 8

£1.05   £0.90

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Mini Montana Green

Mini Montana Green

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Mini Montana Red

Mini Montana Red

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana

Montana

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Fluoro Green

Montana Fluoro Green

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Fluoro Green Beadhead

Montana Fluoro Green Beadhead

Fly Size 10, 12

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Green Hot Head

Montana Green Hot Head

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Nymph (Unweighted) #10

Montana Nymph (Unweighted) #10£1.30

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Montana Orange

Montana Orange

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

£0.90   £0.70

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Montana Orange Beadhead

Montana Orange Beadhead

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Orange Weighted Nymph

Montana Orange Weighted Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Purple Weighted Nymph

Montana Purple Weighted Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Red

Montana Red

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

£0.90   £0.70  (3)

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Montana Red Beadhead

Montana Red Beadhead

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Red Weighted Nymph

Montana Red Weighted Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana White Beadhead

Montana White Beadhead

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana White Weighted Nymph

Montana White Weighted Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Yellow

Montana Yellow

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

£0.90   £0.70  (1)

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Montana Yellow Beadhead

Montana Yellow Beadhead

Fly Size 10, 12

£1.05   £0.90

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Montana Yellow Weighted Nymph

Montana Yellow Weighted Nymph

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

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Olive Creeper Nymph #12

Olive Creeper Nymph #12£1.60

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Razzle Montana (Weighted) #10

Razzle Montana (Weighted) #10£1.40

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Stonefly Creeper Nugget

Stonefly Creeper Nugget

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

£0.90  (5)

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