Little black stoneflies are a perfect late winter early spring dry fly. This video shows Hans Stephenson using a great technique for creating a really impressionistic wing. I have a couple tied up already for the upcoming season. I’ve tied them small, 18 and 20 to match the size of the little stones. I might be able to get away with 16 as well. The black CDC is nice and buggy. I would personally keep the CDC a bit longer and trim it streamside if necessary. The look if the fly with the untrimmed CDC looks awesome.
It’s been a while since we served up some breakfast, so enjoy the eggs. Bacon will be coming soon enough. Another nice simple egg pattern (are there any complex egg patterns?) for hitting winter steelhead runs in the great lakes and the west coast. Execution is a little sloppy on this one, but you get the idea. Rather than trim off the egg veil, I would find a nicely tapered piece or pull it off. The little chartreuse butt is a nice touch.
I wasn’t going to mention it, but the name of the fly only reminds me of my misspent youth, roaming the city streets with a band of skaters, ripping and shredding it up.