Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Some new small stream flies – the peacock and deer hair stone fly

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
Black thread
peacock herl body
dark comparadun deer hair

8 comments:

  1. A fine copy of those winter stones.
    Now if we were to get the proper weather we could fish them.

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  2. Thanks Alan, we are due for a break (maybe this weekend). We may be fishing stonefly patterns well into april this year if this arctic air continues!

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  3. Mark
    I really like the color of this Peacock, verses the traditional lighter browns. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill, it's been a good winter to early spring dry fly last year and so far this year.

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  4. I agree with Bill, it really looks great. Do you find you catch a lot of trout when you twitch any dry or just this particular pattern?

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    1. Atlas - on small streams often a retrieve or "twitch" will bring a strike to most flies. Stoneflies are very active on the water surface so giving this fly a little movement definitely looks more like the natural.

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  5. That ought to do well in those littler winter stonefly hatches.

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  6. RML - It sure does! BTW-nice blog, I've added to my small stream blog list so I can check in

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