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: Wapsi SLF Whitlock golden stone dubbinh

Legs: Grizzly hen dyed tan or gold

Bead: Gold 5/32
  • 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.

  • 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.
The Contented Angler
147 Jefferson Avenue
Lower Burrell, Pa. 15068
golden stone nymph contented angler
The Golden Stonefly Nymph not only works at
the proper time,  it is also a good attractor
pattern, especially for steelhead.
We feel that one of the more important aspects
of the fly is to create a flat underbody.  Size is
also an importan consideration.