I will close the series on enhancing your flies with Glass or Plastic “Seed” beads with this improved Stimulator dry-fly. As we begin to think about Salmon Fly season mere months away, this is a perfect pattern for bringing a monster from the depths. Using these beads has been used historically on wet flies but I find they also work as great heads (and butts) on dry flies as well.
I did not video this one as it is simply a standard Stimulator with a bright red glass bead threaded first onto the hook before tying. Keep the thread wraps to a minimum when finishing off the head behind the bead for a nice clean look. I also added some rubber legs and an angel hair over-wing for some additional spice. This is a great classic pattern that is great as a top fly in a hopper dropper rig or tied small (down to 18 or even 20) for tail water searching action. My other favorite color is purple abdomen with peacock ice dubbing thorax.
Hook: TMC 200R Dry Fly Hook
Thread: 8/0 Black
Bead: Small Red or Orange Glass “Seed” Bead
Tail: Fine Deer or Elk Hair
Rib: Fine Gold or Silver Tinsel
Abdomen: Orange Dubbing
Abdomen Hackle: Furnace Brown Hackle Gap Width or slightly smaller
Wing: Coarse Cow Elk
Over Wing: Angel Hair Trimmed Just Longer than Wing
Thorax: Yellow Dubbing
Hackle: Grizzly Standard Dry Fly Length
Hope that helps.