charlie's flybox

Barr's Tung Stone, Golden


Fly Patterns brought to you by Charlie's FlyBox
© All images, slogans and content are strictly copyrighted and may not be used or copied
without permission.
Charlie Craven and Charlie's FlyBox, Inc.
print this page

step: 1
Pattern Description
This pattern is one of my very favorite golden stone nymph patterns. John Barr has an uncanny ability to design flies that not only look good but catch fish too and they are typically pretty simple flies. The Tung Stone has a few tricks here and there but overall is an easy tie and a great addition to your repertoire. I tie mine in sizes 6 through 14 and they are a great pattern to use throughout the Spring. The Colorado and Arkansas Rivers are prime golden stone habitat and there have been many days when the Tungstone has earned its spot on my tippet on these waters.
Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 5262>>>>> Thread: Yellow 6/0 Danville>>>>> Tail: Gold Goose biots>>>>> Rib: 3X mono>>>>> Flashback: Pearl Lateral Scale>>>>> Shellback: Mottled Bustard Thinskin>>>>> Abdomen: Wapsi SowScud dubbing, tan>>>>> Legs: Gold dyed Grizzly hen saddle>>>>> Wingcases: Mottled Bustard Thinskin>>>>> Thorax: Wapsi SowScud dubbing, tan
step: 2
Put the bead on the hook and slide it up to the hook eye. Start the tying thread right behind the bead and wrap back to the bend, forming a smooth thread base as you go. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 3
Cut and oppose two goose biots and tie them in at the bend of the hook so the pointed ends extend past the bend of the hook about a half a shank length. Wrap forward over the butt ends to the mid-point on the shank and clip the excess. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 4
Tie in a length of 3X tippet material at the mid point of the shank on the far side of the hook. Wrap back over the mono to the base of the tails. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 5
Return the thread to the midpoint and tie in a piece of pearl Lateral Scale flash. Make sure to keep the flash flat on top of the hook shank and wrap back over it to the base of the tails as well. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 6
Cut a strip of Thinskin that is about half the width of the hook gap. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 7
Tie the Thinskin in at the mid point of the shank and wrap back over it to the bend. Stretching the Thinskin as you wrap over it will help to keep it centered and cupped around the hook. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 8
Dub the abdomen to the 65 % point on the hook forming a slight taper. Pull the Thinskin shellback over the top of the abdomen and tie it down at the front. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 9
Pull the Lateral Scale forward over the top of the Thinskin, taking care to keep it centered as well, and tie it down at the front. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 10
Rib the 3X tippet material forward through the abdomen about five or six turns, and tie off the mono at the front. Clip the excess Thinskin, flash and mono at this point. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 11
Begin dubbing the thorax with a small ball of dubbing right up to, and even slightly overlapping, the abdomen. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 12
Select a Gold Dyed Grizzly hen saddle feather. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 13
Preen a small bunch of hackle fibers out from the stem of the feather so the tips are even. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 14
Tie this clump of hackle fibers in on the far side of the hook so they extend back to the hook point and are in line with the hook shank. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 15
Tie another equal sized clump of hackle fibers in along the near side of the hook in the same manner. Clip the butt ends of both clumps flush against the shank. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 16
Take the remaining piece of Thinskin left over from the abdomen backstrap and cut the end straight across. Lay this piece on top of the first thorax section as shown here. The wingcase should cover the first thorax segment as well as the very front edge of the abdomen. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 17
Bind the Thinskin wingcase in place with a couple turns of thread. The Thinskin should buckle evenly around the hook shank and cup against the thorax dubbing. Clip the excess Thinskin, but save the stub for the second wingcase. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 18
Dub the second thoracic section up to just behind the bead. Tie in another set of legs on both sides as you did on the first section. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 19
Clip the end of the reserved piece of Thinskin square once again and tie it in at the front edge of the second thoracic segment as you did with the first one. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 20
Dub a small collar right behind the bead to cover the tie off area. Whip finish and clip the thread. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox