Fly Tying Videos

Rowley Stone – Fly Tying Instructional Video

Trout feed on stonefly nymphs year round. This has been the best producing stonefly pattern I’ve fished. The hotspot collar along with the combination of durable materials formed in the outline of a stonefly are a proven success. It has been the #1 producing stonefly in my box for years now.

Brown Trout Stonefly Pattern

Wet Rowley Stone

Wet Rowley Stone

The size of the naturally occurring stonefly varies depending on species. The largest stoneflies are the salmonflies (Pteronarcys) with the golden stones (Hesperoperla and Claassenia) coming in second regarding size. I typically fish the Rowley Stone in a size 6 to represent both species. I will adjust between the dark Rowley Stone and the Golden Rowley Stone depending on which of the larger stoneflies is more present in the river I am fishing. The only other adjustment I make is regarding the weight of the fly. For deep swift currents I fish this fly with a heavy tungsten bead (5/32 for a size 6). If I find myself on a small stream where large stoneflies are found to be the food source of choice I fish it with a brass bead. My box is never void of both the tungsten version, and the brass.

Golden Rowley Stone

Golden Rowley Stone

Golden Stonefly Nymph

It has been fun to experience the development of this pattern. This fly was in the R&D stages for over four years before I was finally content with the final product. Along the way it has caught many fish regardless of the version it was tied in. Creating and developing flies that become irreplaceable pieces in your fly box is just one more reason to spend time at the vice.

Brown w/ Rowley stone

First Version Rowley Stone Four Year Ago

RECIPE:

 
Dark Rowley Stone
Hook: Any nymph hook size 6-8 (Dai-Riki 135)
Bead: Gold Brass or Gold Tungsten (for added weight)
Thread: Black UTC 140
Weight: Lead wire .020
Tail: Black goose biots
Rib: 3x Monofilament 
Back: Dark Brown Net Back Grading Foil (Link Below)
Abdomen: Bronze Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing
Wing case: Dark Brown Net Back Grading Foil
Thorax: Bronze Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing
Legs: Black Krystal Flash and Black Turkey Flats
Collar: Bighorn orange Sow-Scud dubbing
 
Golden Rowley Stone
Hook: Any nymph hook size 6-8 (Dai-Riki 135)
Bead: Gold Brass or Gold Tungsten (for added weight)
Thread: Camel Uni 6/0
Weight: Lead wire .020
Tail: Natural Brown goose biots
Rib: 3x Monofilament 
Back: Dark Brown Net Back Grading Foil (Link Below)
Abdomen: Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Dubbing Golden Stone (Link Below)
Wing case: Dark Brown Net Back Grading Foil
Thorax: Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Dubbing Golden Stone
Legs: Rootbear Krystal Flash and Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers
Collar: Yellow Hare’s Ear Dubbing

I purchase the Net Back Foil from the Blue Quill Angler Here.

Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Nymph Dubbing also comes from the Blue Quill Angler Here.

 

Scudmarine-Steelhead Nymph Pattern

Everyone knows that stonefly and egg patterns catch steelhead while nymphing. Here is a secret weapon to add to your arsenal of steelhead nymphs. For the past four years I have been Euro Nymphing for steelhead and the Scudmarine has proven to be an extremely effective pattern. My father is an indicator fisherman and he has had success as well, partly due, no doubt to the heavy tungsten bead and bright colors.

Nymphing for Steelhead

I started fishing pink scuds when a friend of mine, Devin Olsen mentioned that he had done very well with them in the past. I started by tying very basic scuds, gold tungsten bead, clear scud back, pink shrimp Sow-Scud dubbing, and a mono rib. I still think this basic scud that I began with fishes right there with the my latest edition of the Scudmarine, but the flashy, stylish scud pictured below is more appealing to me as a fly tyer, and the fish seem to find it attractive as well. I now have three primary variations for steelhead. Pink remains the dominant, but the Lavendar Pink, and the Chartreuse are also found in my nymph box.

Scudmarine-Pink

Scudmarine-Lavendar Pink

Scudmarine-Chartreuse

I came up with the name “Scudmarine” because of the heavy, quick descending characteristics of this scud. The tungsten bead and lead wraps help get this fly down quick which allows for more time drifting in the zone near the bottom of the river where most fish are found.

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Pink Scud for Steelhead

Just last week while fishing the Salmon River in Idaho for Steelhead I found success, once again, with the pink Scudmarine. Conditions were tough and there were not as many fish in the system as we had hoped for. However, with persistence we found a handful of fish, and not surprisingly the picture directly above shows what I found in the lip of some. I have yet to run into very many steelhead fishermen on the river that fish pink scuds, but I highly recommend stashing a few in your box for your next trip. I would not be surprised if it is ticket to catching your next steelhead.

RECIPE

SCUDMARINE-Pink
Hook: scud hook size 8-10 (Dai-riki 135)
Bead: Anodized Pink, or Hot Pink tungsten
Thread: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Rib: 3X Tippet
Back: Spotted Thin Skin
Flash: Magic Shrimp Foil (pink)
Legs: Micro UV Polar Chennil (UV Hot Pink)
Body: Pink Shrimp Sow-Scud Dubbing
 
SCUDMARINE-Lavendar Pink
Hook: scud hook size 8-10 (Dai-riki 135)
Bead: Anodized Pink, or Hot Pink tungsten
Thread: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Rib: 3X Tippet
Back: Spotted Thin Skin
Flash: Magic Shrimp Foil (pink)
Legs: Micro UV Polar Chennil (UV Hot Pink)
Body: Lavendar Ice Dubbing
 
SCUDMARINE-Chartreuse
Hook: scud hook size 8-10 (Dai-riki 135)
Bead: Chartreuse tungsten
Thread: UTC 140 Fl. Chartreuse
Rib: 3X Tippet
Back: Spotted Thin Skin
Legs: Micro UV Polar Chennil (Chartreuse)
Body: Chartreuse Ice Dubbing
 

NOTE: Many of these materials can be found at the Blue Quill Angler

Steelhead Nymph-Hotspot Rubber Leg Stonefly

Two years ago while nymphing for steelhead on the Salmon River in Idaho I found myself struggling to catch fish. Like most anglers that day, luck was not in my favor. However, turned out that luck was not the contributing factor to my limited success. Fly selection on my part was probably more responsible for the lack of hookups than anything. This was made evident to me by my friend Chris Cutler who was the only one on the river that day not struggling to catch fish. The guy was killing it while the rest of us wore out our shoulders and pondered what he was doing different to aid in his success. I’m confident it was two things, one, he is a great angler with awesome skills, and two, he was throwing a Hot Spot Rubber Leg Stonefly which was found hanging from the mouth of many of his catches (check out Chris’ blog at Living Fly Legacy). The rest of us continued to pound the river with our own stonefly nymphs, and egg patterns, but the tide never changed in our favor. Needless to say I’ve since tied up dozens of these nymphs and will not be found on a steelhead river without plenty of them.
Hotspot Rubber Leg Stonefly

Traditional Rubber Leg Stonefly patterns have been catching trout like crazy for many years now. By adapting colors that are appealing to steelhead this fly becomes deadly while still being one of the easiest flies to tie around. My preferred method of nymphing is Euro Nymphing for steelhead. This tightline technique has done very well for me, and this fly pattern works very well in this setup.

Wild Idaho Steelhead

I caught this large wild male steelhead last year on none other than the fly mentioned above. It has quickly proven to be a go-to nymph, and I now started most of my days steelhead nymphing by tying one on. Simple to tie, and effective on the stream. Perfect combination!

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