Nymphs: Step-by-step 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
Slip Evolution beadhead onto the hook and position hook in vise.
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.
Select two goose biots to use for the antennae.
Tie in the goose biot antennae at the hook eye.
Whip finish and cut off your thread.
Slip beadhead forward, over the tie in point of antennae.
Re-attach your thread and wrap a base layer of thread over the length of the hook shank.
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.
Tie in a length of ultra-wire for the ribbing.
Tie in a goose biot tail.
Tie in 3 peacock herl strands.
Twist the peacock herl strands into a rope.
Wrap forward to create the abdomen of the fly.
Wrap the ultra-wire forward to rib the abdomen and tie-off.
Dub to create a hairy, buggy thorax, and pull out bits of dubbing for legs.
Tie in a goose biot wing case in a traditional Prince Nymph fashion.
Tie-off the thread and add head cement.
Your fly is complete! Go catch a big fish.