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 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 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
 
Buy Net Back Foil Here.

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

 

11 Responses to “Rowley Stone – Fly Tying Instructional Video”

  • […] Gilbert Rowley made this cool video from a day out with his buddy, Derek Kohler, on a small Wyoming stream. They dodged rattlesnakes and used Euro-nymphing techniques to catch some sweet trout. For a tutorial on tying the pattern in the video, the Rowley Stone, check out Fly Tying 123. […]

  • Jim Carver:

    Just found out that Blue Quill Angler is out of the Net Back in dark brown and can’t get more because it’s not being produced anymore. I did find it at flytyingspecialties.com but that’s it unless you order from Europe.

  • Joni Flint:

    Dark Brown Net Back Grading Foil is not shown at Blue Quiller. Called them and the person who makes this is not longer making it. They thought mayber “Gold”. What do you think????

  • dgtying:

    Gold might be a decent substitute, but it won’t accentuate the segments like the darker color does. It is probably the best option right now. I’m currently looking into a solution to the dark brown grading foil I will keep everyone posted with what I find.

  • Jim Carver:

    I ended up getting the golden color from Blue Quill and just tied up the pattern. dgtying is correct, it doesn’t accentuate the segments well. You can find the dark brown at flytyingspecialties.com
    but I haven’t ordered because of the shipping costs. If you can find anything else you need there at the same time it might be be worth it. Also, the foil is much a smaller sheet than thin skin, .ie. you don’t get much of it.

  • dgtying:

    Fly Tying 123 now has Net back foil in stock and for sale http://flytying123.com/shop/product/net-back-foil/

  • dgtying:

    Hey Joni, Fly Tying 123 now has Net back foil in stock and for sale http://flytying123.com/shop/product/net-back-foil/

  • Don Prater:

    i was just checking back on the nymph back foil .Could You please give an update Respectfully Don P.

  • dgtying:

    Don,

    It was confirmed today that more Net Back Foil will ship from the Czech Republic on Monday. I hope to have it available to sell again sometime in the next two weeks. Thanks for being patient!

  • Larry G:

    That is a very beautiful stone fly, a real work of art. I sent the link to my tying friends and, as a result, just placed an order for 4 Net Back Foils. Just one question – will it be in the Dark Brown color you used? I know it also comes in other colors like red and orange and wouldn’t want that. Thanks, Larry G.

  • Hey Larry, we received your order and don’t worry we only offer it in the Dark Brown color. Thanks again for your support, and we hope the Rowley Stone fishes very well for you!

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