Friday, March 9, 2012

Stoneflies in the film, tutorial and video

  As of late there has been a lot of stoneflies on the water laying eggs. Many of these stones end up dead and flush in the film. Trout sip these guys just like midges.  I have been tying up wonder wing stones and fishing them for past couple of weeks with great results. So I figured I would share the flies I have been tying up and using for these situations.  The wonder wing makes a great stonefly wing and is relativity easy to do.  Hen neck feathers work great for the wing.  The tutorial is for an early brown and the video is for a black stone. The styles vary a little but not much. You can do either one for each. Just make the size and  color adjustments.
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Lets twist one up
Hook- Daiichi 1170 #16
Thread- Uni-8/0 camel brown
Body- brown super fine
Tail- moose maine
Wing- Dun neck hackle
Hackle- Furnace hen neck (genetic hen is best, whiting or collins)

Start thread at the eye and take touching turns down to the barb

Tie in the moose mane tails, One on each side. I like to hold both on top and tie them in top and split them with a figure eight wrap and then stop thread there.

Dub the body up 3/4 of the way.

Select one of the larger feathers off a dun hen neck and cut off the fluff. Then flare the hackle barbs.

Pull the hackle barbs down and make a wing.  Measure the wing, you want it to be the full length of the hook.

With the barbs pulled down they should be to there own sides like so.

Lay the feather wing on top and have the ends on each side of the hook shank. Be sure to tie it so the good side of the feather is up.   Take a loose loop to catch and then take two snug wraps.

Pull on the feather gently to tighten the wing up into shape.

It should look similar to this.

Take nice tight wraps forward. About 5-6 turns is good.

Dub a small amount in front of wing.

Tie in the furnace hackle by the tip.

Wind the hackle forward, two full turns is good. Tie it off.

Whip finish and snip the thread.  Then snip the hackle of the bottom so fly will sit flush in the film. 

Trim off the hackle on the bottom.  Early brown stone complete. 

Here is the video for the little black stone. This is the one I have been talking about in my reports. 

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Awesome fly. Few fish could resist it.
    Thanks for the instructions.

    1. Thank you, This fly pattern is a go to fly for me, it still is amazing me with its effectiveness to this day. The trout love it.