Large stonefly nymphs populate most of our trout and steelhead rivers and because of their size, they offer a calorie packed snack to fish. Water levels often fluctuate dramatically in the Spring as snow melts and this increase in water flow often dislodges these large nymphs and send them tumbling downstream making this pattern ideal for Spring Steelhead.
The clarity of the water typically becomes stained with increased flows due to winter’s thaw and rains which is why this large profile fly pattern and sparkle thorax help attract the fish’s attention. The color black remains visible in the water column as it contrasts the stained water while the rest of the pattern does a good job of providing a stoneflies silhouette. And the rubber legs just add a little motion while it dead drifts.
This variation of Bowerman’s Sparkle Body Stone fly pattern has worked for steelhead in the spring, but also in late fall when stoneflies seem to get active crawling around the river bottom.
Hook: TMC 3761 #6
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Lead: Lead Wire .030 (optional)
Tail: Goose or Turkey Biots – Black
Body: Black Dubbing – Awesome Possum
Rib: V-Rib Medium Black
Thorax: Estaz or Pearl Chenille – Black
Hackle: Hen Saddle – Black
Legs: Medium Round Rubber Legs – Black
Wing case: Turkey Tail treated with Flex Seal or Crystal Clear
Option: If adding lead wire, do this step between steps 3 and 4.
Tie lead wire 1/3rd of the shank’s length behind the eye. After securing, wrap the
lead around the shank towards the hook bend and tie off above hook point.
When tying the V-Rib at Step 4, tie it just behind the lead wire.