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Improved Black Stone

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  1. Tail : Two black goose biots.
  2. Body & Thorax : Black (Stonefly) Dubbing
  3. Rib : Thin gold/copper wire
  4. Legs : Black Goose Fibers
  5. Wingcase : Black Crow Tail


  1. 1. Attach two pieces of wire to each side of the hook shank. I use thick copper wire, but lead wire works fine. This will give the fly the flat and wide nymph profile. 2. Next, attach two black goose biots for the tail, split them with a small clump of thread or small amount of dubbing. 3. Attach your ribbing material right in front of the tail. 4. Apply your dubbing thinly to your tying thread. Then wrap the dubbing about half way up the hook. I stress THINLY because if you apply too much, you won't get the flat & wide nymph profile that I mentioned earlier. 5. Wrap the ribbing through the dubbing. On a size 8 hook, I make around 6-8 evenly spaced wraps. 6. Now, tie on the crow tail just like you would on a regular nymph for the wingcase. 7. From here one it gets a little tricky. Wrap a small amount of dubbing right in front of where you attached the crow tail. Then seperately take 4-6 black goose quill fibers and make a simple overhand knot in each one...this should make the fibers bend like legs. 8. Then right in front of your dubbing, tie on 2 goose fibers so there is one leg on each side of the hook, and so they also stick out perpendicular to the body. Then put some more dubbing right in front of the legs. 9. Repeat step 8 1 more time, or 2 times if you are putting on 6 legs. 10. Once your legs and dubbing are done, bring the crow tail up and over the dubbing and legs. When you tie down the crow tail, clip it off so there are two fibers left sticking out in front of the fly. These are your antennaes, clip them to the right size.
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