I started tying the Northshore Stonefly Nymph for a client but have been fishing this simplified stonefly nymph pattern designed for trout and steelhead. I tie the fly on a 3xl curved hook like the Mustad C53s, Tiemco 200R or the Partridge K12ST. You could also bens a 4 or 5xl streamer hook if you are in a bind. I use a custom blend of dubbing this fly that is similar to Hareline’s Senyo’s Laser Dub. The process to make your own dubbing is pretty straightforward so if you want to try it out yourself, you can check out the process here. I tie this in black, brown (this version in the video), olive, and golden.
This unconventional dry fly was designed by Michigan guide Earl Madsen. It’s a fly designed to mimic a hex or brown drake hatch. The fly is pretty big, but the heavy application of hackle and the poly body should keep this floating pretty well.
Hairy Drake Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: 2xl dry fly hook
Thread: Yellow 3/0
Post: White deer hair
Tail: gray squirrel tail
Rib: Brown dry fly saddle
Body: Yellow yarn or polypropylene
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle
Jimmy Legs is a simple weighted stonefly pattern. The variegated chenille imparts a natural appearance to the damp fly and the 8 flexible legs help to suggest living prey item for searching fish. While the fly will work wonderfully on Alberta’s Bow River, I’m giving this one a whirl on some of the Great Lakes tribs this summer.