Fishing tutorial, this video will show you how to tie an adult Little Black Stonefly.
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I am Charlie Piette from Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co., and today I am going to be tying an Adult Little Black Stonefly.
Little black stoneflies are, other than midge, really the first prolific hatch we see in the upper Midwest here. You will find this stonefly all the way from the Southern part of the States, Southwest Wisconsin, to Central, sand country kind of streams, and also up in the Northern part of the State, in the Northwest.
This little stonefly really varies quite a bit in size. I have seen them as small as 20s, 22s, and up to maybe a size 16 or thereabouts. But if you are ever fortunate enough to encounter this hatch when the females are coming back to the water, it can be some of the best dry fly fishing of the first part of the season. So it's good to be prepared with a decent adult stone pattern.
And the one I am going to be tying today is kind of stimulator shaped, thereabout, and it's just a real, real quick, easy stone.
So the materials for this fly. I am going to be tying a tail, just with some black goose biot, just to split biot tail. The abdomen and head are just going to be black dry fly dubbing. The wing is going to be a gray Swiss straw. I am tying this on a Dai Riki 270, or a TMC 200R, and a size 18. I would have this fly in 16s and 18s, is pretty much the common size.
The first step in tying this fly is the tail. And the easiest way to make a nice split tail is to just make a little ball of dubbing, right on the back of the hook. That will keep the tail split nicely. It doesn't need to be too much.
Once you get your little ball of dubbing on the back of the hook, you just cut off two goose biots. I am going to tie that in for a little tail, one on each side of the shank. Once you get those tails nice and even, you can trim those tags off.
Now I am going to make an abdomen with just black dry fly dubbing. The adult stones themselves are pretty dainty stoneflies, so you can keep the abdomen pretty thin. I am going to stop about three quarters of the way up the shank and tying just a little sliver of Swiss straw, and that's going to be the wing.
Next, I am going to tie in a little black hackle, and I am just going to hackle over the head on this fly, that will give just enough hackle to make this fly buoyant. This is a particularly good pattern. If the fish are eating, females that have just laid the eggs and they are kind of spent on the water. I am just going to finish this head with a little dubbing, and go over that with the hackle.
Once you get that hackles secured, you can whip finish the fly. Once you get the fly whip finishes, the last step is to trim the length. And if you find some of these adults crawling around on the snow, you will notice that their wings are shorter than their tail. The tail sticks out considerably from the wing, so you can make it so the wing just kind of barely goes over the abdomen.
So what I usually do is just cut it square, and then kind of round the edges. That's it. Just a quick easy little black stonefly.
And a great thing about this fly is, there is not a ton of hackle. It's a super easy quick tie. There is just enough hackle upfront that if the fish are being really aggressive and eating the females when they are laying eggs, that you can grease this fly up and skate it nicely.