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Early Brown Stone

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The Early Brown Stone is an A. K. Best pattern. The early brown stones are small, ranging from size 16 to 20. They have a low profile on the water, which trout like; seeing your Early Brown Stone, however, can be a challenge. Liberally apply a good waterproofing agent before your first cast.

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Hook:TMC 100, Mustad 94840, Dai Riki 320 - size 16 - 20
Thread:Black 8/0
Body:One stripped quill strip made from a white turkey flat (about 5 to 7 inches); or you can dye this brown to match the predominant bugs.
Wing:Segment from a dark-gray wild goose secondary wing feather. (Note: Liberally spray the entire feather with Krylon Workable Fixatif and let it set up completely before separating the segment.)
Hackle:Medium or dark brown or dun stiff dry-fly hackle

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Tying Instructions

  1. Place the hook in the vise and attach the thread two hook-eye spaces behind the eye and wind back to the end of the shank and forward again, establishing a thread base on the hook shank.
  2. Place the tip of the quill strip on top of the first thread wraps with the curved side up; lash it down to the end of the shank.
  3. Bring the thread forward to the tie-in point and carefully wind the quill strip forward in tightly nesting turns. Tie off the quill strip and clip the excess. (Note: This spacing behind the hook-eye prevents the wing from slanting up and away from the body.)
  4. Select a straight-fibered quill segment to be slightly smaller in width than the hook gap. Blast the section with your Krylon Fixatif helper, clip the segment and trim the tip to a blunt arrow shape. Measure it for length and clip off the butt. The finished wing length should be one hook gap space longer than the hook. Place the butt of the quill segment exactly on top of the front of the quill-strip body. Lean it slightly to your side of the hook and lash it down. (Thread torque will pull it on top.)
  5. Select a medium or dark brown or dun stiff dry-fly hackle, trim away hackle fibers from each side of the quill strip and tie it on immediately in front of the thread wraps over the wing quill segment. Wind forward on tightly nesting turns within one hook-eye space of the eye, tie down, clip off the excess, whip-finish and apply a tiny drip of head lacquer to the thread wraps only.

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