The Tying Room
Tying Lee's Golden Stone Fly
Step 1: Tie two goose biots
(separately) at bend of hook.

Hook: #8; 4x 79580
Thread: 6/0 orange pre-waxed
Step 2: Tie 50# mono to each
side of the hook shank cutting
each at the point of the hook.  End
thread wrap behind eye
of the hook.
Step 3: Repeat step two with
wool yarn equally to both sides of
the hook. Add enough layers on
each side (one to three) of wool
yarn to satisfy body width of stone
fly. End thread near tail.
Step 4:  Dub the entire body (tail
to head) with yellow/orange fur
blend. (rabbit is good) Wrap the
body with thread to tail.
Step 5:  Cut 1/8 strip of fly skin
and secure at tail end of fly.  Wrap
skin over fur under body 2/3 of
hook shank and secure with
Step 6:  Body of fly should look
like photo below.  It is now ready
for water-proof marker.
Step 7:  Using a brown
medium tipped marking pen
segment the top with stripes of
brown.  Turn fly over to expose
belly of fly and apply a yellow
marker to abdomen.
Step 8:  Tie in separately two
orange goose biots for first set
of legs to each side of fly.
Step 9:  Tie in separately two
orange goose biots for first set
of legs to each side of fly.
Step 10: The wing cases are
made from mottled flank feather
(church window) of a male
pheasant. The feather can be
shaped to proportion with a wing
burning tool. Apply lacquer and
let dry before tying. Secure the
wing case over the legs and trim.
Step 11:  You are now ready to
tie two more set of legs. To do
this simply repeat step nine and
complete with steps ten and
eleven until the second wing
case is in place.
I first recognized the importance of the stone fly as a food source during my
initial visit to the Delaware River.  It was then I watched a lone spin fisherman
catch one trout after another in a rift above a placid pool.   I watched the angler  
methodically drift his bait at the bottom covering each pocket and chute.  "Mind
if I ask what you are using", I ask.  "Live stoneflies", he shot back.  "These fish
can't resist them".

Although I had fishing success using my body-weaved nymph patterns, it was by
no means the type of success that he enjoyed.  Not to be outdone by his bait
fishing technique, I went home determined to develop a more impressionistic
stone fly pattern.  After some experimentation I discovered a soft translucent
material that made life-like stone fly bodies.  The realistic nymphs that I learned
to tie soon increased my fishing success in dramatic fashion.  Today I call this
material  "fly skin"  and now use it for most of my nymphs, caddis and even
some dry fly bodies.   The Golden Stone Fly Nymph featured below is my
favorite river pattern that can be used everywhere for trout and steelhead.

Lee Hartman
Step 12:  Once all wing cases
& legs are completed Place
mono barbell shaped eyes to
top of head.  Secure with thread
in a figure 8 fashion.  The fly can
be finished and head lacquered.
 If you want to give the fly a more
impressionistic look then
proceed with the remaining step.
Step 13: Tie in two strands of
amber or brown chinese boar
hair at base of head.  Tie each
separately and extend outward.
Step 14:  Using your brown
marking pen color top of fur
head with brown.  Whip finish
and apply head cement.  Your
stone fly is finished.
Note: "Fly Skin" cannot be bought in retail fly shops.  For further information on how to
order Fly Skin please email Lee Hartman at
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