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Vtbrowns57March 28th, 2019, 9:51 am
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Does anyone have any suggestions for early season stonefly patterns for the Northeast that aren't to difficult to tie? I'm working with black goose biots, black/brown angora goat dubbing, and turkey feathers..



MartinlfMarch 30th, 2019, 3:43 am
Palmyra PA

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A very good Delaware River guide gave me a dry fly pattern years ago that he swears by. It's very simple: black or brown body of any dry fly dubbing, a downwing, caddis style, of clear/white zelon or antron, and hackle at the thorax to match the body color. Tie off the hackle and you're done. For nymphs any basic simple pattern will work. I just made mine up, with no fancy wingcase. I did use small rubber legs on some of them. For some ideas, use Google.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Vtbrowns57April 1st, 2019, 12:27 pm
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Hi Martinlf,

Thanks for sharing that pattern, i'll have to experiment and spend some time at the vise. I also like the small rubber legs for the nymphs as well.


Jmd123April 2nd, 2019, 9:50 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2354
Try an #12-14 Elk Hair Caddis tied in Early Brown Stone colors - a golden-brown body and a grayish brown wing & hackle. I had browns hitting this pattern in mid-April in the Rifle River here in MI some years ago (not this one!). Couldn't hook them though! Fortunately a nice 14-incher slammed a POG Bugger on my way down to the car - so hard in fact I thought it was a steelhead - and saved me from being skunked for the day...Good luck!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CrepuscularApril 3rd, 2019, 6:40 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 917
Does anyone have any suggestions for early season stonefly patterns for the Northeast that aren't to difficult to tie? I'm working with black goose biots, black/brown angora goat dubbing, and turkey feathers..



Hi Alex. Welcome to Troutnut. Louis is right on with that simple Early Stonefly. Here is another:

Hook: any 1xl dry fly hook (I tie all my early season stoneflies on Hends 323BL #16 and #18) but use whatever size your bugs are.
Thread: Black or Reddish Brown 12/0 veevus
Tail: very short clump of dark dun or black cdc (about 1/2 the hook gap in length)
Abdomen: Dark Dun hackle palmered over black or mahogany dubbing.
Underwing: 6 strands of pearl crystal flash
Overwing: Light Dun Snowshoe hare tied to extend to just past the abdomen
Thorax:Dark dun hackle over black or mahogany dubbing

This is just a derivation of a stimulator, tied with materials that I find float better and is a little easier to tie. You can substitute CDC for the wing instead of the snowshoe.


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