is the first stonefly pattern I ever tied. It is a
Gary Borger design and can be found in his excellent book,
Designing Trout Flies. Borger ties the woodchuck-fur
wing on last, at the head, laying it over the hackle collar after
cutting out a V-shape in the top of the
Stonefly #2 is my
adaptation. In this variation, the wing is tied on before
the hackle is tied in, as you would on flies such as the Stimulator
or Sofa Pillow pattern.
Hook: Size 2-10, 3XL
(photos are of size 6 Tiemco 200)
and size to suite.
Tail and underbody: Clump of deer hair
tied in along shank (see picture below), with tips forming the fly's
tail. The deer hair underbody is helpful in floating the
Over the deer hair underbody, dub a body
with an appropriate color.
Hackle/Legs: Dry fly
clump of Woodchuck fur, both underfur and guard hair. Note
the nice white tips in the photos.
Notes: Stonefly #1:
clip a V-shape in the top and bottom of hackle before
tying in the
Stonefly #2: the wing is tied in
first and then the hackle. Clip a V-shape into the
bottom of the hackle and leave the top full.