I found a great step-by-step tutorial and some tips for building a better stonefly nymph on FlyTyer.com that I wanted to share. The tips are more in the form of information, but having a clear insight into the natural insects is key to imitating the most important elements fish target. Click here for the article.
Nadica’s Stonefly Nymph – Igor and Nadica Stancev
Hook: Tiemco TMC200R, sizes 10 to 4.
Head: Gold or brass bead.
Thread: Cream 6/0 (140 denier).
Weight: Lead wire.
Butt: A fine, flashy dubbing such as Wapsi Fly’s Super Bright Dubbing, but you may substitute your favorite brand of fine-fibered dubbing. Common Antron dubbing is an excellent choice.
Tails: Stripped hen or cock body quills.
Abdomen: 4-millimeter-wide latex strip such as Hareline Dubbin’s Nymph Stretch Skin.
Wing cases: Brown partridge, hen, or grouse feathers.
Thorax: Rabbit dubbing guard hairs. Brush out the underfur before placing the remaining material in the dubbing loop.
I love Jack’s character and will miss it dearly. Here is a video from a while back of Jack tying at the Marlborough, MA show. Jack Gartside’s Secret Stuff fly tying material is used to bind up a sweet little eel, and all secrets are revealed.
It is sad news to share with the fly tying communnitty, but renowned Adriondack fly tyer Francis (Fran) Betters has passed away. Fran died on Sunday, September 6th. I had just spoke with Fran a couple weeks back on the phone and this news is indeed sad. We posted back a few months ago about Fran and some of the challenges he was facing (http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/fran-betters-needs-our-help/). I purchased a bunch of flies to do my small part to help out and the flies have arrived and will now never see any water. The flies included The Usual, Ausable Wulff, Haystack and Ausable Caddis, some of Fran’s signature flies. Please see the article posted below for a tribute to Fran. The fly tying world has lost an icon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.