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Old 01-04-2011, 09:49 AM
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I got some new random tying materials for christmas and decided to work on some Golden Stoneflies. Here are a few variations I came up with, all tied on a #12.

Wire Body, Golden Stone Dub Thorax


Similar design with wing pads & rusty brown tail/antennae


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Old 01-04-2011, 11:22 AM
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I like all of these patterns! Great Job and thanks for sharing them with us!
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:42 PM
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Good looking flies. Silvercreek
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:28 PM
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Thanks Shawn & Silvercreek. I had a lot of fun with these, and hope to have even more fun with them this spring!

I am assuming Acroneuria abnormi (Golden Stones) are one of the most common stoneflies in the southern appalachians. I think my 2nd variation looks closest to the real thing.
http://www.troutnut.com/specimen/699

I've been trying to post pictures of my better ties lately in hopes that it might drum up more interest in the tying forum during the winter months.

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:55 PM
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Grannyknot-

Thanks for posting. I too would like to see more tied flies during these cold dark winter months. Gives me something to do, and to try out and get ready for Spring.

My fishing partner (my wife) hates cold weather, and although she loves to chase trout, she draws the line when it gets sub-freezing. Maybe that why she bought me a Renzetti vise for my birthday to keep me occupied with something involving fly fishing.

Right now, I'm still learning, and a little embarassed to post my mistakes on the Forum just yet, but I'll get there.

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:18 PM
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Nice ties! I haven't used a wire abdomen on my stonefly nymphs yet but will this weekend as I tie for next summer in Wyoming again. A suggestion you might try to incorporate that worked for me last year is to use two tungsten beads. (It kept the fly down with a lot of water in the streams.) One, black, at the head as normal and a second one in the thorax covered by dubbing. Stonefly nymphs tied this way have worked wonders for me in the Smokies in March and April. Last summer on the Yellowstone, below Tower, I fished it as the lead fly with a smaller unweighted nymph behind and caught lots of nice fish on both flies.

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:48 PM
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Thanks Randall!
About the weight issues, The flies with a thread wrap head have a .025 wire wrap, and the wire abdomen weighs quite a bit too. It isn't the normal ultra wire, just some 28ga wire I found at a hobby shop. It's a little harder to work with, but much heavier than ultra wire. I'll give your 2nd bead idea a shot if I have some smaller ones that can make it through the bend in the hook.

I believe I'll fish most of them with some split shot in faster water, but they should do ok in slower water and pools.

I'd love to see some more stonefly ideas here.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:09 PM
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If you have trouble with the beads, I've bent the barbs down, slightly "straightened" the hook then bent it back. Some beads can be squeezed with a pliers to make the round holes slightly more oval to facilitate sliding the bead.

I have picked up wire in some of the same places. If you join a craft stores e-club, you will recieve a lot of coupons.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:21 PM
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If you have trouble with the beads, I've bent the barbs down, slightly "straightened" the hook then bent it back. Some beads can be squeezed with a pliers to make the round holes slightly more oval to facilitate sliding the bead.

I've looked at weaving wire bodies for my Stonefly nymphs. They might look nice, but I don't want to have people see me cry when I snag them on the bottom.
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