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Evolution Stonefly Prince

Nymphs: Step-by-step fly tying instructions. 

Evolution Stonefly Prince nymph - Fly tying instructions

The Evolution™ Stonefly Prince is a next generation stonefly pattern inspired by the classic Prince Nymph and enhanced with a Nymph-Head® Evolution™ Stonefly tungsten beadhead to create a realistic insect profile.

Fly tying materials

Head: Nymph-Head® Evolution™ Stonefly tungsten beadhead, brown or black, small or medium.
Hook: Curved nymph/stonefly hook 3XL; #10 for medium bead, #12 or #14 for small.
Thread: Brown or black.
Lead wire: Standard.
Rib: Ultra wire, gold.
Antennae: Goose biots, brown or black.
Tail: Goose biots, brown or black.
Wingcase: Goose biots, white or black.
Abdomen: Peacock herl.
Thorax: Hareline Hare'e Ice Dubbin, brown or black.

Fly tying instructions

Step 1

Slip Evolution beadhead onto the hook and position hook in vise.

Step 2

Slip the beadhead out of the way to the back. Attach your tying thread directly behind the eye of the hook and make several thread wraps.

Step 3

Select two goose biots to use for the antennae.

Step 4

Tie in the goose biot antennae at the hook eye.

Step 5

Whip finish and cut off your thread.

Step 6

Slip beadhead forward, over the tie in point of antennae.

Step 7

Re-attach your thread and wrap a base layer of thread over the length of the hook shank.

Step 8

Tie two straight lengths of lead-free wire on both sides of the hook shank to create a flat, broad stonefly body profile. Push the wire ends inside the beadhead and cover completely with your tying thread. Notice from the side how a thin, flat stonefly profile is created.

Step 9

Tie in a length of ultra-wire for the ribbing.

Step 10

Tie in a goose biot tail.

Step 11

Tie in 3 peacock herl strands.

Step 12

Twist the peacock herl strands into a rope.

Step 13

Wrap forward to create the abdomen of the fly.

Step 14

Wrap the ultra-wire forward to rib the abdomen and tie-off.

Step 15

Dub to create a hairy, buggy thorax, and pull out bits of dubbing for legs.

Step 16

Tie in a goose biot wing case in a traditional Prince Nymph fashion.

Step 17



Tie-off the thread and add head cement.

Step 18

Your fly is complete! Go catch a big fish.