Pattern Stonefly Creeper

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Norm Frechette, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Norm Frechette

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    Hook: Your favorite nymph hook in stonefly sizes
    Thread: Yellow or Gold
    Weight: Lead wire or equivalent
    Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
    Over Body case: Mallard flank
    Abdomen: Stripped brown hackle stem
    Thorax: Yellowish dubbing
    Legs: Hungarian partridge or equivalent

    The above fly is just one color and as the tyer you can tie them in whatever color of stonefly that inhabits your area streams

    NOTE: this is one version of this fly. there are other version with the same name, slightly different materials.

    be creative. think about it. experiment.
     
  2. Hans Weilenmann

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    Good looking bug, Norm. One aspect I am not so sure about is the durability of the shellback mallard barbs. Might they fare better/longer with some form of ribbing to lash them down?

    Cheers,
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  3. Norm Frechette

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    thanks Hans,

    i totally agree about the lack of durability in the mallard flank but ribbing material was not called for in the recipes i found in my books or even online (just trying to stay as original as possible). i would also be worried about the skinny end of the hackle stem coming in contact of trout teeth.

    i guess it was the way they did it back then :) i like it for the "old fly pattern" factor

    there's a lot of materials that could be used to bring this fly up to date and more durable. maybe that's my next version of this fly