Biot stonefly

luke troutstalker

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I've been tying these for the swap, so while I was at it took a few pics.
Last year ( or it may be the year before ) I had 5 fish on or around 3lb to this fly. One was a grayling, the rest were trout, and two of those trout were rising happily when I plopped it on their nose.
All from the same river, and I'm not even convinced it's got that many natural stonefly in there. They must take it for a bit of anything, they seem to like it anyway.

Hook is a #14, have use straight /curved/different colours, and have used these up to size 12. Veniard 231 are good for these.

Catch in wire so it's about 1/3rd body length back from the head. Wire is best on top of hook.

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Catch in goose biots for the tail. Have them bending out. Best way I have found is to do one side at a time, flipping the vice to do the back side.

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Take a turkey biot, trim the tip off ( about 10mm ) and catch in. There's a notch at the butt end of the biot, if you have this pointing down, the herl on the edge of the biot will be on top- that leaves them proud when wrapped.

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I'm using 30 den GSP, and rather than spend 45 mins bulking up a body, I park the GSP by the bend and bulk up a body with UTC 70.

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Return the main tying thread to the bead, give the thread body a dose of varnish, wrap up and tie off the turkey biot.

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Run the rib up, try and get it through the herls of the biot.

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Get another turkey biot, trim the curly off, and tie it in butt end concave side down at the thorax end. Tie in and down to the 1/3 point where the wire was.

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Create a small ball of dubbing at the point where the last turkey biot was tied in. This is hends spectra.

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Tie in a pair of goose biots in front of the dubbing, leave the butts for now.

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Place a dubbing needle behind the dubbing ball, then fold the wing case biot forward over it, catch it down, then fold it back.

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Tie in some more dubbing over this, then trim the butts of the leg biots.

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Tie in another pair of goose boots, again curving out.

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Repeat the dubbing needle gap/ fold forward with the wing case, catch it in, then fold it back again.
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Take more dubbing, and fill the gap between the folded back biot and bead. When done, whip finish and trim the turkey biot just above the last folded over section.
I cocked this one up a bit, when tying in the turkey biot for the body I didn't come far enough back, this made getting the rib right a faff, and you can see a gap.

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Nice one Mike. :thumbs:
Chances are, you won't see many stonefly hatch. They tend to crawl out and then head for cover. I once had a large male Perlodes Microsephalus try an crawl up my coat sleeve. Males are wingless and in some species, the females also wingless.
 

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I've seen them occasionally in flight on the dove, at least I think that's what they were. I'd like to fish some of the rivers in the USA where you can use proper ones tied on a #4 :D
 
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My word that's good. :thumbs: :D
As a youth I kept all sorts of aquatic creatures in small tanks and big sweet jars in my bedroom(much to my mothers disgust) and that is as good as it gets for a representation of a stonefly nymph. Many a good hatch happened during the night with a multitude of insects all over the place come morning.:D
 

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I've seen them occasionally in flight on the dove, at least I think that's what they were. I'd like to fish some of the rivers in the USA where you can use proper ones tied on a #4 :D

We mostly see the needle and willow flies with a few yellow sallies thrown in on some rivers.
just plop a hook baited with earwig, the trout won't know the difference. :rolleyes:
 

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