Continuing in the series of new small stream flies is a small stone fly dry. Again this is not a “new” fly as other’s have described a similar fly. I got the idea for this fly last winter when I noticed brook trout taking small flies off the surface in January and February. That got me thinking that a small slender dry with a peacock herl body might work well. The early stone flies are very slender, so this fly is simple and slender.
I just use two materials peacock herl and deer hair. I wrap the black thread on the hook and tie in the herl at the head of the hook leaving a small space for the deer hair head. Then wrap the thread down to the bend, followed by wrapping the herl down to the bend. Catch the herl with a couple wraps and then wind the thread back up through the herl to give it a little more durability. I use dark comparadun deer hair for the wing, trim the head and whip finish and you are finished.
You can fish this little dry at the tail of a riffle and along the bank. Twitching it back to you along the banks will often induce a strike.
TMC 100; #18
peacock herl body
dark comparadun deer hair