This fly is basically a variation of the 20 incher stone. It works like a champ in April and May on the middle Provo and the Weber.
The Sagey Skwala
Hook: Daiichi 1730 #8
Thread: Olive UTC 140
Antenna: Tan Goose Biots
Bead 1: Gold Tungsten 7/64
Bead 2: MFC Coffee Lucent Bead 5/32
Wire: Lead Free .035
Tail: Tan Goose Biots
Rib: Yellow Tinsel
Abdomen: SLF Red Fox Squirrel (Thorax)
Wing Case: Mottled Olive Thin Skin
Legs: Sage Grouse Body Feather
Thorax: Olive Brown Ice Dub
Epoxy: Clear Cure Goo Hydro
I love getting out and hunting sage grouse. Such an iconic bird and symbol of the west. Zephyr has been great so far this year. Well with the exception of ranging a little to far from time to time.
Step 1: Slide on the 7/64 gold bead.
Step 2: Tie in a tan goose biot on both sides of the fly.
Step 3: Slide on the 5/32 coffee bead and "hop the thread over it" make sure and leave a gap.
Step 4: Wrap on you lead wire.
Step 5: Tie in two tail biots and the yellow tinsel.
Step 6: Dub the abdomen of the fly.
Step 7: Rib the abdomen.
Step 8: Tie in your thin skin.
Step 9: Prep your sage grouse feather and clip out the tip.
Step 10: Tie in your first set of legs.
Step 11: Dub the thorax of the fly.
Step 12 : Tie in the second set up legs. They may look a bit unruly but will fold back nicely with the thin skin.
Step 13: Dub a little more ice dub. Whip finish and apply CCG to the thin skin.