It may be overkill, but I’ve been working on new stonefly patterns.
Some time ago, I bought assorted patches of muskrat and beaver at Concord Outfitters. I also have some Angora goat dubbing, which is incredibly spiky. It also is very unwieldy until you cut the fibers shorter. Put on a dubbing loop and spun, it is great material for buggy-looking thoraxes.
So, I’ve been tying some new versions that incorporate those items.
I’ll fish these jig-hook nymphs as anchors and expect to lose quite a few. But, making these more detailed flies is a great way to ride out the Polar Vortex.
What’s your favorite stonefly pattern?
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