View Full Version : Articulated stone & Helgi

01-08-2011, 11:00 PM
Black hegi works so the brown is on trial for now.The Little stone has got to make its own reason to have a place in the box.



Rainbow Warrior
01-09-2011, 05:57 PM
Those look great!

01-10-2011, 01:51 AM
The Hellgrammite looks like bad news for the fish population:smile:. That insects' propensity to wiggle and curl up when harassed should be well mimicked by the articulation.

01-11-2011, 02:08 PM
Olesmoke...those are some great looking articulated flies.
What size & type of hook do you use?
Also, do you connect the 2 segments with monofilament of something else?
Thanks for posting them!

01-11-2011, 07:09 PM
Grannyknot thanks for the kind words but the fish will tell us if they are right for the job.:smile::smile:

The stone fly is tied on an aberdeen size 8 for the back hook
the front hook is a size 10 mustad 3366--this is the business end of the
pattern because I remove the hook from the bend

The helgi is tied on an aberdeen size 4 for the back hook
the front hook is a size 6 mustad 3366---this is the business end of the
both hooks are joined by nylon backing material colored by perma marker
backing seems to last longer and give more movement then mono

thanks be safe

01-11-2011, 07:27 PM
Both are great looking patterns. What kind of time goes into those? You got any pictures of the bottom of the flies?

01-11-2011, 08:58 PM
GrouceMan77 first let me thank you.........now without meaning to be rude ,depending on the estimate a 20" brownie might take 4 to 6 years to grow depending on the stream.If I can spend a few extra minutes to find something different to allow me the gift of catching him so be it.I would guess maybe 5-10 minutes for the helgi--less for the stone fly.Oh yea and how I feel or how much time Ive got before I leave to go fishing....:smile::smile:
Appreciate your time and interest.



01-11-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks for the extra views. Time well spent.

01-12-2011, 10:42 AM

That stone is awesome, great work in tying it as it looks very realistic.

Around Thanksgiving, I was surfing the 'net on the Fly Tying Forum/Hatches Magazine and found an articulated black stonefly nymph that had been tied with black bead chain by Dean Myers. I though it was a cool idea to use bead chain because you can get the articulation without using mono to tie on the lower abdomen. In the water the tail should fish-tail back & forth to mimic a swimming nymph. It should also work for the helgi nymph. Here is the link:


I haven't tied the stonefly yet, but I intend to do so shortly. You could tie on additional goose biots to represent the legs, etc.

Just my $0.02.