Skwala Stimulator

Skwala stoneflies belong to the family Perlodidae also known as the Large Springflies. Skwalas are the first hatch of big insects in rivers, and in the Prince George area they hatch during the first half of May. You may see some as early as late April.  As they hatch early most rivers are not fishable yet, but they do provide the first opportunity to fish dry flies.

The males are around 15mm in the length and the females 20-25mm. Although fairly large these stoneflies are much smaller than Salmonflies and Goldenstones that hatch later in the season.

Here is an attempt to imitate this insect using a Stimulator in Skwala colours.


Originator: Danie Erasmus

Date: 2016

Hook: #8 TMC 200R BL

Thread: 6/0 Rusty brown

Tail: Olive deer hair

Abdomen: Brown olive Antron dry fly dubbing

Ribbing: Yellow embroidery thread

Abdomen hackle: Blue dun hackle

Wing: Olive deer hair

Sighter: Bright orange craft foam

Thorax hackle: Yellow grizzly

Thorax: Amber Antron dry fly dubbing