There’s a lot to a name, especially for this fly. One way to think of the Stimulator is like an Elk Hair Caddis on steroids. Pay attention when you fish it, because the strikes range from not-so-subtle slurps to tail slapping hits.
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About The Stimulator
We like to think of the Stimulator as like a giant Elk Hair Caddis fly, perhaps on steroids. When you fish this highly visible attractor fly, watch closely, because the hits will range from not-so-subtle slurps to tail-slappin’ hits.
The highly visible size and color of the stimulator (most commonly tied in orange, yellow, olive, or tan), especially when a dropper is paired with it, make this a great fly for searching and locating fish. Keep your eyes trained just under the surface, as few flies will draw large trout to or near the surface as does this one. Some fly tiers also tie their Stimulators to imitate large mayflies, or the famous October Caddis like in the northwest.