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Old 09-14-2013, 07:46 PM
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Default Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

So, without running out for more tying supplies, I'd like to turn out some black stonefly nymphs but I'm having some trouble finding simple patterns.

Assume the following plausible materials --

appropriate hooks in sizes 8 - 14
wire (for weight)
black dyed rabbit dubbing
various hackles in brown, black, grizzly, and furnace
various loose chicken feathers in the same ^^
quills obtainable from the above ^^
tinsel, flash, and fine tinsel braid
black marabou
peacock herl
chenille
yarn
craft foam

Without necessarily using all of these things, what would you do? Can you show me? Post a pic of the finished product?

Thanks for any & all help. I feel like I've got most of my fly box under control, but this is a weak spot.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:55 PM
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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

Black chenille and some black hackle wrapped for legs....doesn't get much simpler, unless you color up some rubber bands to use as tails, antennae, and legs.

Stoneflies/Salmon Flies don't have to be fancy to be very effective.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:10 PM
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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

I'll add,,if you do not have biots for a tail,,use squirrel hair,,,or some fibers pulled from a hackle. Anything simple will work.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:29 PM
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Black pheasant tail makes a good stonefly

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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

Ugly bug... Black chenille. Lead wire. Black rubber legs. Black thread. That's all you need.

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black stonefly nymph - Google Search
Interestingly when I clicked your link it said that the search did not yield any results. Either way I'd guess the OP knows how to do a google search, was just looking for specific patterns that use the materials he has on hand.

Here are two, options. They do ask for some stuff you don't have but look for something similar that you do have and substitute. That can work just fine. I don't have finished pictures but here are the links to the youtube videos, the first isn't focused very well, but it is a simple pattern and you could probably skip the yellow chenile


The second asks for some materials you don't have but could probably sub. ex. use quills instead of biots etc.


+1 for itchmesir's suggestion. Since you don't list rubber legs you could just wrap it in long hackle and trim.
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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

One thing to keep in mind about stones, they're wider than they are round.

If I had those materials on hand and wanted to stick to a couple of options with those materials only.

Black Hackle fibers for tail
Wire cut along shank to widen the body or wrap them around the shank, then flatten it with pliers after you wrap it with thread.

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Tie in flash, dub black to abdomen, counter-wrap flash or wire if you have it
peacock hurl for thorax, black hackle for legs. You could wrap them similar to a soft hackle or do them like kelly does. This has been a game changer for me.

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another option would be to sub out the dubbing for the body and take strands of marabou off, tie them in and wrap them around the body, then counter-wrap with wire or flash. Or you could dub the body and use the marabou for the thorax.

Sometimes I think I get too caught up on all the "required" materials for a certain pattern but should instead focus on subbing stuff that I have on hand. If you saw the two tower drawers jammed with materials I've got you might think the same.
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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

I like the rubber legs in black or white with a bead head black body (no lead). A thickish dubbing head, and then progressively skinnier three part dubbing body with a few sparse hairs/flash for a tail. In fast water, like the Yellowstone I've pinched a tiny split shot above them, but on calmer water the bead works fine. These are tied on about a size 8. Basically, a three part insect body narrowing as it goes back with a little flash on the arse and rubber legs (sort of like an MTV starlet).
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Default Re: Help me w/ a simple stonefly nymph pattern?

Sounds way to technical. Pat's Rubber Legs is the way to go.

Print Pat's Rubber Legs aka The Pickle

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I'm with Trout Champ on this. Pat's Rubberlegs is an easy, but effective pattern.
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