Fly Tying: Splashything Stonefly Pattern

Splashy-thing Stonefly
Splashy-thing Stonefly

This pattern was one of the bugs that I was messing around with on the Deschutes River in the middle of a some serious golden stone and salmonfly hatches. I tied them up in orange and yellow and had success with ┬áboth. The poor fly did not really have a name, but after Eric landed a really nice fish, I yelled over to him and asked him what he caught it on. His response, “That big splashy-thing…” Fun to tie and when the big insects our out, a ton of fun to fish. Enjoy…

If you would like to purchase this pattern, head on over to the Arizona Wanderings Shop and check out the Splashything Stonefly.

Golden Stone
Golden Stone

(Material List at the bottom)

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1

Pierce a 1/4″ wide piece of 2mm thick foam onto the hook.

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2

With the foam rotating freely at the front of the shank, tie in two goose biots for the tail of the fly.

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3

When the biots are thoroughly tied down slide the foam back over the tied down portion of the biots.

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4

Secure the foam with several wraps.

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5

Tie forward about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way up the hook creating segmented sections of foam. Clip back section of foam.

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6

Wrap thread back to roughly the center of the hook.

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7

Tie in back legs.

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8

Clip front portion of legs off.

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9

Dab of superglue.

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Tie in front section of foam.

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11

Tie in hair. (I prefer deer, but elk will work fine.)

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12

Dub all the way forward but work your way back to roughly where you tied in the hair. Tie in legs. Add a drop of glue on top of all the dubbing .

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Secure foam.

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14

Secure top indicator foam if desired. Whip finish.

Belly
Belly

I tied up several variations with different colored foam and dubbing and found that all seemed to do the trick. I think the fish on the Deschutes were more interested in the splash and silhouette of the fly rather than the actual colors.

Redside and Splashy-Thing Stonefly
Redside and Splashy-Thing Stonefly

Materials:

– #4 Terrestrial Hook (but any size will do)

– 2mm foam in yellow (or orange) and brown

– 6/0 Brown Uni Thread

– Dubbing (I used the Haretron Golden Stone, but many colors will work…)

– Sili Legs

– Deer Hair (but elk will work)

– Goose Biots

– Superglue

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8 Responses to “Fly Tying: Splashything Stonefly Pattern”

  1. Bruce

    Great post, I love step by step instructions to making great flies like this! Thank Ben I think I’ll tie a couple tonight!

    Reply
    • azwanderings

      Thanks Brian. Glad to see your still out and fishing. Looking forward to following the new site. Let me know if you tie any of these up and how they work for you. Take care.

      Ben

      Reply
  2. winonaflyfactory

    Nice work Ben, I am also a big fan of the segmented underbody. Good tutorial and photo’s as well. Thanks for taking the time to give us the Big Splashy Thing.

    Reply
  3. Rohan

    Ben…that’s your best fly name yet!!!

    I went for a fish on the weekend…ice cold on the Lake….a few rises but no trout. Can’t wait for summer!!

    Reply
    • azwanderings

      Thanks Rohan. Glad you liked it. Still tough for me to wrap my head around the fact that you are in winter right now. I’m ready for this heat to die down. Good luck with the rest of your winter…

      Ben

      Reply

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