I like to fish pretty aggressively. I have little regard for the safety of my flies while I am casting them into some tight spots. With this in mind, I don’t want to worry about losing a fly that took ten minutes to tie up. I need flies that are quick and easy, but will also catch fish. I came up with this pattern two years ago while I was in Telluride, CO for the winter. I was walking a stretch of the San Miguel River and noticed a strong presence of small black winter stoneflies crawling through the snow. After I tied up some up simple stones, it was my most productive fly for the rest of the time I was in Telluride. It worked great in Steamboat Springs, CO this year. The simple stone uses minimal materials and takes no time to tie up. I tied up a weighted version below; however, I also use un-weighted simple stones as well. Give it a go, and mix and match colors to satisfy your local stonefly hatch.
Hook: 12-16 1x Long Nymph
Weight: .025 Round Lead Wire
Legs: Black Goose Biots
Body: Black Superfine Dubbing
Take around 10 wraps of lead wire around the front third of the fly. Secure the lead wire with thread wraps.
Work your thread to the back of the hook shank, and tie in your first set of goose biots. Make sure the goose biots cup away from each other.
Apply dubbing and work your thread to just behind the lead wire base.
Tie in your next set of goose biots, cupped away from each other.
Apply dubbing to the thorax portion of the fly. I use a little more dubbing to build up the body.
Tie in your final set of goose biots, trim the excess, and whip finish. That’s it!
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