Created by Bill Chandler
This is a general stone fly pattern I have used for years. It was inspired by the stone fly nymphs my good friend and fantastic realistic tyer Kevin McEnerney used to tie. As for fishing the fly, use it early morning and in the evening, when stone flies are more active. It’s a great stone fly pattern for spring Steelies. The name just sounds cool to me.
Hook: Tiemco 200R sizes 2- 12
Thread: Black or Dark Brown
Head: Tungsten Black Nickle heavy metal bead
Body: Underbody of Brown Vernille tied along side the hook shank. A dubbed body of ¼ black, ¼ dark brown and ½ brown squirrel dubbing. Ribs of Gold wire and a stripped peacock herl.
Wing Case: Dark mottled oak turkey tail two wing cases on sizes 2-6
Thorax: The same dubbing used for the body.
Hackle: Brown mottled hen hackle
Gills: White or cream ostrich herl.
Tails & antennae: Dark brown hackle quill stems
Weight: Lead wire can be used instead of vernille for the underbody.
Start the fly off by placing the bead on the hook and placing in your vise. Then start your thread right behind the eye of the hook.
Now tie on you two hackle stems for antennae and whip finish the thread. Then start your thread behind the bead
Wrap your thread down the hook shank just past the barb of the hook, then return the thread to mid shank of the hook. Now tie on your first piece of vernille on the side of the shank. Wrap the thread to a point just before the bead, and cut off the excess. Now wrap the thread back down the hook shank to a point just past the hook barb. Now cut off the excess and repeat this step on the other side of the hook.
With you thread at the bend of the hook, put a small ball of dubbing at the bend of the hook. Now tie in you gold ribbing on the bottom of the hook and you stripped peacock herl there also.
With that done, tie in your hackle stem tails one at a time on either side of the body. Using the ball of dubbing to keep the tails separated. After that is done, coat the whole body with thin head cement and let it dry.
Now dub the entire body from the tails up to the bead head, and wrap the thread back to mid hook shank.
With that completed wrap your peacock quill forward to a point about mid hook shank. Leave a gap between wraps to show the dubbing, and then counter wrap the peacock quill with the gold wire.
Tie on the strip of oak turkey by the tip. Then tie on the hen hackle feather by the tip underneath the thorax then tie in the ostrich herl.
Now dub the thorax and wind the ostrich herl forward to the head leaving some gaps for the dubbing to show thru. Wind the hen hackle thru the ostrich and pull the wing case over. Tie the wing case off and dub on a collar and whip finish the fly. Color the eyes on the bead red. The fly is finished.