Fly Tying: Little Stonefly Pattern

Stonefly Pattern
Little Black and Brown Stoneflies

So I know that this pattern cannot be new, but unfortunately I don’t know a better name than “little stonefly pattern.” I was sitting down at the vise trying to tie just that – a little stonefly pattern and out came this. I fished these on the Ausable River back in New York and did really well with them. This pattern holds up so well to abuse and ¬†you are more likely to lose it on the bottom as opposed to it falling apart. The pattern is very easy with a very simple recipe.

Materials:

Hook: #16-#12 Curved Caddis Hook

Bead: Size to hook

Thread: 6/0 Uni Thread (Color of your choosing)

Tail/Wing/Leg: Goose Biots (Color to match)

Rib: Small UTC Ultra Wire

Thorax: Haretron Dubbin (Color to match)

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Add bead and start thread
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Wrap thread to the bend of the hook. Tie in goose biots for tail.
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Tie in wire rib. It is important to use minimal wraps so as not to bulk up the tail section of the fly.
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Wrap thread to behind the bead while building a slight taper to the body of the fly.
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Wrap wire rib forward and secure with thread wraps.
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Tie in two more goose biots right behind the bead. (I try to make the leg biots the same as the tail biots.)
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A slightly different angle of the biots.
Stonefly Pattern
Dub thorax with Haretron Dubbin. Whip Finish.
Stonefly Pattern
Silver on Black Stonefly
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Gold on Brown Stonefly
Stonefly Pattern
Gold on Brown Stonefly
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15 Responses to “Fly Tying: Little Stonefly Pattern”

  1. RainbowChaser

    I agree. Quick and simple and effective I am sure. Losing some on the bottom is the chance you take when fishing stonefly nymphs!

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Mel. I completely agree with you about fishing stonefly nymphs. Losing flies is part of the game.

      Ben

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  2. Austin

    I agree – very well done, thoughtfully photographed and posed to see the steps easily. Great step-by-step.

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    • azwanderings

      Glad you liked it Austin. I appreciate the kind words. Let me know how the fish for you, if you tie some up. Take care.

      Ben

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  3. Ralph A.

    Just found your site… love this tie. I will definitely tie it and try it here in North Georgia trout waters.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Ralph. I appreciate the kind words. Let me know how it fishes for you.

      Ben

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    • azwanderings

      That’s great to hear Luke. Glad it produced for you. Take care.

      Ben

      Reply

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