This is one fly you don’t want to lose a lot of. With 8 beads on the shank, it’ll take you into some pretty deep and quick waters without the need for splitshot I think. Jason from Chattooga River Fly Shop ties up what I think is the beastliest looking fly I’ve seen in quite some time. Perhaps this is just the shack nasties talking, but I’m busting at the seems now waiting for spring creeks to open and try out this fly. the step by step tutorial is available on Hatches here. Enjoy!
As promised, Riseform has published more content for us fly tyers to consume. The second pattern is J.C.’s Black Bead Stonefly by John Collins. Finally a worthy use for all those dollar store beads I bought so long ago. Here we are with a nice little winter stonefly pattern. I’ve often seen these in the early spring hatching on the western streams.
Hook: Dai-Riki 285 curved nymph sizes 18 – 20
Thread: 8/0 Black
Abdomen: 5 Black size #15 round glass beads
Tail: 2 Dark Moose Body Hairs
Wing Pads: Black Domestic Turkey Feather
Thorax: Black Rabbit Dubbing
Legs: Black Ring Neck Pheasant Head Feather