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Pattern Roaring Fork Stone
Roaring Fork Stone
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Category Nymphs
Entered Sat, 11 Apr 2009
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Hook: Daiichi 2220 #6-12.................................... Thread: Brown 3/0 Danville Monocord.................... Weight: Lead Wire sized to hook.............. Tail: Brown Goose Biots.......................... Rib: Brassie Sized Copper-Brown Ultra Wire.................. Abdomen: Dark Hare's Mask Dubbing from the center of the mask (poll) mixed with a little bit of dark brown antron dubbing. Wingcase: Mottled Turkey Tail Feather................... Legs: Mottled Brown Hebert Hen Saddle Feather (you need the Hebert Hen saddle for length, as an India Hen Saddle is just too short to palmer through the thorax). Thorax: Same Dubbing as abdomen
Pattern Description
I recently had a customer bring some of these patterns in to me for a custom order and seeing the sample reminded of tying these way back in the day for Tim Heng when he was at Roaring Fork Anglers (that goes WAAAY back). This is the simplest of stonefly nymph patterns and one that doesn't require any particularly fancy materials to tie. Basically a large Hare's Ear Nymph, the RF Stone adds in a biot tail and a palmered hen saddle feather through the thorax to replicate the naturals wiggly legs. I have tied these up with a set of rubber legs thrown in as well as with a bead head, although the standard issue pattern is what I will show here. I think this pattern can be timely here in the early spring, as the large Pteranarcys nymphs will start getting active in rivers like the Roaring Fork (duh!), Colorado and other area freestones. Throw a few of this simple pattern in your box: It works great and is a realtively quick tie given that it is big enough to imitate large Salmonfly nymphs.