Fly Tying: Brian Wise’s Wiggle Stone
Learn to tie this next-generation stonefly…
Being known as a pretty major streamer lover, I often get lumped into the crowd that only ties big, gnarly streamers. But I’m also a fly fishing guide, and not everyone enjoys throwing streamers on 8-weight rods with sinking line all day, so nymphing is a huge part of my guiding.
The Wiggle Stone is my standard when nymphing deep in a stream where stoneflies live. As with any Stonefly pattern, the most important question is “How quick does it get to the bottom” and with the Nymph-Head Evolution Stonefly tungsten beadhead, this pattern goes straight to the bottom and into the strike zone.
Hook: Kona Nymph Streamer 2XL (NS2), size #6 (http://bit.ly/2GJlBvr)
Bead Head: Nymph-Head Evolution Stonefly tungsten beadhead, brown, size large (http://bit.ly/2zoYEos)
Underbody: .025 Lead Wire
Ribbing: Mono Thread
Case: U.V. Chewee Skin
Wax: Loon High Tack Swax
Body: Wiggle Dubbing (in a dubbing loop)
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This Rich Strolis pattern is tied by Fly Fishing The Ozarks’ Brian Wise. It’s a nice break to see Brian finally tying a fly under 6 inches for a change. Speaking of changes, the channel has a slick new intro for the videos and seems to have adopted a looped soundtrack in favor of the dubstep we’ve seen in the past. This is the first nymph in the series, and we are hoping to see more patterns from Brian again after a bit of a hiatus. This is a great pattern, just sub in darker materials if you need dark stones rather than the golden version presented here.
Rich Strolis’ Shimmer Stone Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Dai Riki 270
Underbody: Lead Wire .025
Body/Wing Case: Flash Back
Body: D-Rib amber
Thorax: Hare’s Ear Plus – gold
Youtube Channel: flyfishingtheozarks
You can put away the coffee grinders, compressed air and hair driers, Hareline Dubbin now has a kit for the ever adventurous fly tyer with their Custom Dubbing Kit. I’ve been blending my own dubbing for years simply by selecting a few strands of this and that and mixing by hand, but it is only good for a small batch, and hard to recreate. The Custom Dubbing Kit comes with a selection of dubbing, instructions, a carding brush and a carding plate (dubbing board). This is perfect for mixing up about a bags worth of blends at a time, and it allows you to create a consistent blend with materials distributed evenly throughout the dubbing. If you need more, I suggest investing in a carding drum and be sure to weight out the components and write them down so that they can be re-created down the road. Brian Wise has posted a short video about the kit and shares some ideas on what to blend and how to do it. Mix in a little ice dub with wool, make a custom blend of yellow, blue red and black for your favorite stonefly pattern or even add rubber legs (Shaggy Dub) into the mix. Save the underfur from your fox tails to blend into a killer dubbing.
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