Monday, March 19, 2018

Early stone flies


As March rolls on, here are three stone fly nymphs that I've been fishing.  The fly on the left is a cross between a black zebra midge and a soft hackle.  I've tied this one in size 18 and 20.  This simple fly uses black thread, an extra small silver wire rib, black peacock ice dub, a gun metal tungsten bead, and a few turns of dark hen hackle.  I've caught hold-over browns and rainbows as well as wild browns and brook trout over the last couple months on this fly,  It also fishes well as a dropper behind your favorite winter dry fly.

I also tie this one in size #16 (to the left) for the more typical size of the early stone flies.  The materials are the same and instead of the extra small wire, I use small silver wire on a #16 competition nymph hook (lately I've been using the Hends BL 254 hooks).

I had a few pink metallic tungsten beads kicking around so I tied this last one just for fun.   Who knows if I will ever fish it, but I like the look of it.



10 comments:

  1. Mark, love the simplicity of that first fly,the hackle is a nice touch. Thankyou.

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    1. Brad - thank you, that little one should do nice down your way!

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  2. Mark
    I still have some that you gave me a while ago. Boy do they work well.Thanks

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    1. Pete - those are definitely spring time flies! Hope you are able to get out and use them soon!

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  3. Black, dark colors have been working, and those beadheads should do it.
    And yes that color spot will be liked especially in the small streams.

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    1. Alan - The small one has been doing well in small streams. I've really liked fishing it behind a bomber this winter! I'll have to try the pink headed version sometime but it will probably be a little too big and heavy for smaller streams

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  4. Very nice bead head midges, Mark. Those will connect, I am sure.

    Regards, Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam. The small one has been doing very well

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  5. Mark
    Really impressed with all three patterns, great work at the vice. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. The first two are good spring flies around here

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