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.
J.C.’s Black Bead Stonefly
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
Here is another offering tied up by Davie McPhail. Here we have a classic Frank Sawyer Killer Bug. This pattern uses the now hard to find Chadwicks 477 wool. If you find a spool of it, you might be able to get a premium for it on eBay. I’ve seen a card of this discontinued color go for as much as 40.00US and I’ll bet the price will only increase with time.
I received a brand new starling skin in the mail a couple weeks back (Thanks Kerry, I owe you), but I’ve yet to find a quiet moment to start experimenting. I did find a nice blog with a good selection of starling hackled flies. So it looks like I’ll be breaking into that skin and the Golden Plover I managed to grab off my buddy AL. The boxes from last year are all still looking quite empty, ad these would fit the bill for a few spaces at least. We have about 20 of these introduced European Starling calling my backyard home at the moment, and I’ve seen some impressive flocks of at least 1,000 birds occupying the fields around here. If the flies start working well, they ad better be on guard.
Check out the offerings tied up at The Fly Fisherman’s Cafe