Fly of the Month – Rowley Stone

Fly, Notes and Photos by Gilbert Rowley
Used by Permission
fcdfe30b-0e1b-45ac-a8ac-3d21a119d13aHook: Any nymph hook size 6-14 (Tiemco 5263)
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Thread: Olive 6/0
Weight: Lead wire .020
Tail: Natural or black goose biots
Rib: Large copper wire
Flash: Black Flashabou
Abdomen: Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing
Wing case: Black Swiss Straw
Thorax: Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing
Legs: Black-dyed hen saddle
Collar: Bighorn orange Sow-Scud dubbing
In streams where salmonfly, golden stone, and other large stonefly nymphs reside this pattern is deadly! If tied in smaller sized (10-14) it can also represent large mayfly nymphs such as the green drake. It is tied with peacock semi-seal dubbing which is made up of long stringy fibers. As fish chew on this fly it becomes buggier and buggier which I think stimulates strikes. However, after a while it may start looking like a hairball hacked up by your kitty cat, at that point simply trim the dubbing a little and continue catching fish. It is a very durable pattern that isn’t too difficult to tie. You can adapt this fly to match other specific species by changing the color of dubbing. Such as, yellow ice-dubbing instead of the peacock dubbing to represent a golden stonefly nymph.
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