Created in the 1940s by Pat Barnes of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Sofa Pillow is a big stonefly or salmonfly imitation that has a proven record of success for the last eighty years. Try the lighter version with a yellow tail and body, and gray squirrel for the tail.
Hook: #6-10 3x long
Tail: Goose or duck slips
Body: Red floss
Wing: Red squirrel tail
Hackle: Brown dry
This pattern can be found in:
Randal Scott Stetzer’s “Flies, the Best One Thousand,” 1992, amzn.to/34Q15mp
Terry Hellekson’s “Popular Fly Patterns,” 1976, amzn.to/2L4IyvS
Dave Hughes, “American Fly Tying Manual,” 1986, amzn.to/3niNL1q
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