07-18-2008, 06:35 PM
Re: Golden Stone Nymph
Easiest would probably be a Brooks Stone, ***** Creek Nymph (rhymes with "witch" if you get ***** ) and Bead Head Red Fox Squirrel Nymphs tied in golden yellows. You can find them doing the google thing.
More complicated versions involve biot tails and topping the golden yellow body with a tan or brownish strip of turkey quill (about 2x hook length) for the back of the abdomen and thorax and using a webby hackle for legs that's pulled over the thorax (rather the wrapped) so that the stem is in-line with the shank on top of the body. This makes the "legs" stick out to the sides. Something like this:
After you lay a thread body down the shank, tie in lead, tie in biots splayed out.
Tye in ribbing and a tan or brown topping of something like a long strip of turkey quill at the tail good side down. Leave them extending over the back of the hook.
tie in body color (golden yellow wool or chenille) or dubbing loop.
Wrap abdomen part of body up to 1/3 from eye. Take a couple of thread wraps to hold it in place. Don't cut it, because this will be used for thorax too later.
Pull turkey quill forward over the abdomen and take a couple wraps of thread to hold it in place. Don't cut the excess, this will be the top of the thorax.
Rib abdomen with 5-6 open wraps to lock down quill to 1/3 point from eye. Tie off rib and trim excess.
Tie in hackle by the tip on top of hook, dull side up with stem extending towards rear of hook.
Finish wrapping or dubbing the thorax. Tie off excess wool or chenille or dubbing loop.
Pull over hackle so it's centered over top of the dubbing in the thorax. Tie off stem and trim excess.
Pull over the rest of the turkey quill to top the thorax. Tie it off, trim excess, whip a head and dab some head cement on head and coat the quill on top of thorax.
For an added touch if you want, when tying in the lead, instead of wrapping, tie two strips on either side of the shank. Better imitation of the natural.
Since stonefly nymphs are often found in fast water, super realistic, complicated versions are a bit of a waste IMHO, though great to look at. You'll lose a lot on the bottom, and trout don't have much of a chance to inspect things as they tumble by.
I don't add antennae since they always seem to end up in snugged down in tippet when I tie them on and I use one long wing case on the assumption that trout can't count.
Hope this helps