Tied and Submitted by: John Shosh
Hook: Mustad 37160 - Partridge K2B – Daiichi 4250 – Gamakatsu C12U
Description: Wide Gape, Slightly Reversed, Ball Eye Turned Up, Bronzed.
Thread: Yellow 6/0 Pre-Waxed
Tail: 2 Goose Biots Dyed Amber
Underbody: Plastic, cut to form
Abdomen: 2 Strands Dark Brown 1 Strand Copper & 3 Strands Yellow Floss
Legs: Light Brown Button Thread
Thorax: Cream Yellow Dubbing
Wing Pads: Hen Mallard Body Feathers, Burnt to form.
Antennae: Light Brown Button Thread
One of the first patterns I was taught was a simple stonefly. As my tying abilities increased, so did the look of the stonefly. I switched from a dubbed body to a woven body changing the wing pads to a burnt mallard, and adding more realistic legs. I have used this pattern and would stand by it on any stream.
Comments / Special Instructions:
Adding 1 strand of copper thread with the 2 strands of brown for the top weave gives the stonefly “life” and breaks up the soild brown. Protions are the most important part of tying this pattern.