SBS MCM Foam Stone SBS


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Got the idea for this Rogue variation from a pic over on Westfly; thanks Chad. Lots of steps here but, again, pretty simple to tie and although I love bulletheads, this should be a bit more durable; change colors to suit your needs.

hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
thread - UTC 140 tan
body - 2mm foam
rear feelers - rubber medium tan barred
underwing - landscape fabric
wing - elk hair
thorax - Ice Dub golden brown
front legs - rubber medium tan barred
indicator - 2mm foam

Insert needle in vise

fold a strip of foam (hook gap width), push it onto needle

start tying thread on needle

fold foam over needle, adjust to where you want the first segment

wrap thread around foam, pull slowly but firmly so you don't cut the foam and add a couple more wraps

trim butt at an angle

tie in feelers, "split the uprights", and create second segment

repeat twice, then tie off; slide off the needle and SHHAN the wraps

insert hook in vise; poke a hole in the foam and push onto eye of hook (trim the bottom portion but keep the top long)

start thread on hook and wrap back to 50 % mark (not sure if I like the thorax this big; may shorten it up a bit)

tie in 2mm x 2mm binder strip and apply Super Glue; optional, but it really helps anchor the foam body on the hook

tie down body and wrap forward to hook eye

prepare underwing (hook gap width) and tie in; extend back to butt of fly

clean & stack a clump of elk hair and tie in

dub thread/dub thorax; finish at the eye

fold foam over, extending past eye and tie down

return thread to back of thorax and tie down foam

tie in legs

trim foam and taper end

tie in indicator, whip finish, SHHAN

taper head

and you're done

Love this fly! When you tie in the feelers is it a single piece with both sides tied at the same time? My guess is that they are not tied onto the needle?


That one looks like a dandy for The D. But it would probably work better during the Giant Stonefly hatch tied with an orange colored body. During the Golden Stonefly hatch, it will work as-is and a good choice for The Met. I'm sold on foam for large dry flies so they don't sink.