In my early days of tying flies, I was directed to have a close look at stonefly nymphs. These big flies were an easy introduction to nymphs in that their size meant I could ease into small er patterns as my confidence and skills improved. Coupled with the fact that they were heavy and got down into the strike zone quickly, helped in the decision. My own tying started with Brooks Stonefly Nymph, a pattern tied in the round, and the famous Kaufmann Stonefly Nymph in several colors. This pattern is great because of the weight, and how it is distributed over the length of the fly. It will work great in faster water and deeper runs to get where the fish are sitting. Boots are a wonderful material for nymphs of all types, but here, they are employed as tail, leg and antenna, cutting down on the number of materials needed in the fly. I like to mix in a bit of color into my stonefly dubbing, so in addition to the black, I may add a little red (ice or seal), yellow or blue. Just enough to break up the monotony of the black. Jim has some great tips along the way, and ties this pattern wonderfully.
Deep Black Stonefly Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: 4xl streamer hook #6 – #12
Weight: .030 Lead Wire
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Black streamer hook
Abdomen: Heavy black wire 26 ga
Legs: Black goose biots
Thorax: Black rabbit dubbing
Antenna: Black goose biots
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Jim Misiura’s Youtube page.
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.
This is a neat variant of Lee Wulff’s original “Secret weapon” for Atlantic salmon. I’ve tied a few of the originals (well, not exactly the original as I didn’t use a molded plastic body) and had used a bent straight pin for the post with a yellow bead. I really like Davie’s use of the mono post here. If you have fished the Gaspe, you have likely seen this pattern or have had it recommended to you. Flyspoke has a great little article posted on the evolution of the pattern and a nice collection of images to accompany.