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Cascadia Stonefly

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This pattern was published in the Winter 2002 issue of Fly Fishing & Tying Journal. The article and pattern was by Monty Orrick.

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Hook:Tiemco 200R Sizes 6 or 4 (giant) 10 or 12 (smaller)
Thread:Yellow 6/0 or Danville Rusty Brown
Weight:Lead wire appropriate for the hook size.
Tail:Ginger Goose Biots
Antennae:Ginger Goose Biots
Body:Golden Stone poly dubbing or Hare's Ear
Shellback:Pheasant tail dyed yellow
Ribbing:Medium gold wire or tinsel
Bead:Large gold
Legs:Light brown vinyl ribbing, small

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Tying Instructions

  1. Tie antennae biots in behind the hook eye and secure with several extra thread wraps to keep bead tight. Slide the bead behind the eye. (Try mounting the bead with the drilled side toward the eye.) Wrap thread back to barb and tie in biot tails, prop them up with dubbing wound under.
  2. Wrap lead from mid-shank forward to within three or four wraps' distance to bead. Secure the lead with thread and ramp down at either end. Squeeze lead flat.
  3. Half hitch vinyl legs and tie onto squashed lead, back legs first and knot on the top of the shank. Spread evenly and secure with thread. Trim.
  4. Tie wire or tinsel and 15 or so dyed yellow pheasant tail fibers tip first behind lead then wrap thread over the bunch down to tail. Whip finish the last stroke and tighten.
  5. For a nice segmented body twist a dubbing loop clockwise (5 or 6" for a size 6 hook) over the abdomen then between the legs, tying off well behind the bead.
  6. Pull pheasant tail over the back, flatten with your finger and tie off.
  7. Wind wire rib counter clockwise tying off behind the bead and whip finishing materials from steps 5-7 so bead forms a head-like segment separate from the thorax. Re-flatten body.

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