Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Early Spring Stoneflies

Every year we get two different black stones that show up with the warmer weather.  One is small--like a sixteen.  But the other is big.  I like it on a 2XL #14 or a standard 12.  That's probably over sizing it, but the trout don't seem to care.

When you're fishing the stonefly, be sure to twicha nd skitter it.  Work it in all the same places you would a streamer.  Fish the wood piles and the bubble lines.  Drop a nymph off this beefy critter.  It makes a fine bobber.

I like fishing  the stone best upstream as a single fly.  Really focusing on the secondary and tertiary bubble line behind logs. 

However you use it, it can be a great way to get your first dry fly fish of the year.

Have Fun.


dpc said...

What is the pattern pictured here? Aside form a deer hair wing and grizzly hackle; is that a black foam body?

Old AuSable said...

Good eye . . . that's exactly correct. We use lots of hackle and foam for a body on some of these. They make a great skittering pattern. As well as a very good bobber.

Dustin's Fly Box said...

Do you have a more close up picture of it?? looks like a fun one to tie. You got a new follower