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The Steelhead V-2 Golden Stonefly nymph

Hook: MFC 7027 3XL Size 10 or Dai Riki 710 Size 10.

Thread: Tan 6/0 or UTC 70

Tails: Tan goose biots

Rib: Small oval french tinsel

Overback and wingcase: Cascade Crest Mottled Brown Super

Abdomen and thorax: Spirit River UV2 Golden Stone nymph

Legs: Grizzly hen dyed tan or gold

Bead: Gold 5/32
I hear that the Ohio tribs are full of Golden Stonefly Nymphs. This is similar to the
guy who fishes the same place 50 times and finally sees a rattlesnake and
proclaims: "This area is full of rattlesnakes" Another example is that steelhead
feed on Hex Nymphs after seeing the popular radar showing the massive hatch. I
doubt if these insects can emerge in 50ft. of water and I doubt if Steelhead are
hanging out in shore feeding on them at this time of the year. Hex nymphs with
flourescent marabou tails are supposed to work, although the flourescent tail
turns it into something that no longer resembles a Hex nymph. I do believe they
feed on these nymphs in Michigan where the flies are available to them in the

There are many more-knowledgeable steelheaders in Ohio than I and if they say
to carry the Golden Stonefly, I would carry it.

This Golden Stone features the
Spirit River UV2 dubbing. This dubbing has
caught fish when nothing else would. There are also a few methods we use on all
of our nymphs that may interest you. The use of titanium putty weight provides
another use for this material, however, we prefer our nymphs unweighted. Nothing
impressive here, just an attempt at looking at the fly the way a fish would and
adding certain triggers to make the fish react.

Many take a new material and get it on a hook as fast as they can without giving
any thought to how it looks to the fish. The reason the old flies still work is
because some thought went into them.
  • Picking out the dubbing will make a difference between the fly being effective
    or extremely effective. I include this for those new to tying.

  • Nymphs have a flat body appearance and if properly done this will make the
    nymph wobble a little in the water. You may not see it, but the fish will.
    Tungsten beads will also produce the wobble effect.

  • You are not going to eat the nymph, the fish is. It has to look good to them.
    Abstract immitations that do not impress us are always more effective.

  • Every turn of thread should have a purpose. Try not to use extra turns of
    thread which do not add to the durability or effectiveness of the fly.

  • We use many methods to make a flat underbody. The tungsten putty method
    is simply the latest. Don't worry it will be copied, but we should be willing to
    share ideas and methods. You will learn these methods in our fly tying classes

  • Grizzly Hen dyed gold is going to be hard to come by. I dye it myself. However,
    there are many acceptable substitutions. Rubber Legs would be a great
    trigger as would biots. Even just picking out the dubbing would be enough.
This is what we call the "abstact" version of
the nymph. The more features we show the
fish the more they will see it as a fraud.
8. Pull the wingcase over and tie down. Fold it
back and tie down again so it can be pulled
over for the second wingcase. Add 4 - 6
strands of gold flashabou and tie back with
the wingcase. Add additional dubbing.
golden stone nymph
9. Tie in your grizzly hen hackle and take 3
or 4 turns. Pull the gold flasabou over and
tie down. Pull the wingcase over and tie
down. Add two whip finishes.
4. Your super skin should be cut at a
taper. Tie in the narrow part at the
bend of the hook.
5. Tie in the super skin and since we are
going to pick out the dubbing, use more
dubbing than you normally would to build
the thorax. Pull the dubbing from the top
and bottom with velcro.
6. Pull the overback over and tie down.
Do not pull too tightly or you will ruin
the segmentation. Rib with gold wire.
Fold back wingcase and tie back.
7. Use half of the tying area you have
remaining for the first dubbed thorax.
Notice how much tying area is remaining
in step 5.
1. I have applied some tungsten putty
weight, a ball of dubbing at the rear and
my goose biots on each side. This is way
too much weight. I just wanted it to show
up in the picture. Apply nail polish or
epoxy to the putty weight
2. Build a taper with any kind of cheap
yarn or something that has been laying
on your desk for too long.
3. Tie in your ribbing under the shank as
you work you way to the rear of the hook.
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