Super Soft-hackle Stone
HOOK: #6-10 Tiemco 200.
THREAD: Black Ultra Thread.
TAILS: Natural Canada goose biot.
RIB: Flat monofilament dyed amber with Rit dye.
THORAX: Black Ice Dub.
BODY: Black Ice Dub.
HACKLE: Black India hen back (or schlappen).
NOTE: For Golden Stones, substitute golden-yellow biots, dubbing, rib, and hackle.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 1
Start the thread just behind the hook eye and wrap to the bend and back. On either side of the hook, tie a piece of tungsten wire, which gives the fly added weight and an oval shape similar to a natural stonefly.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 2
Run the thread back to the hook bend. Snip and loosely dub over the wire butts. Tie in the tails off the side of the body, not the back.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 3
Tie in one length of Thin Skin long enough for both the abdomen and thorax casings, followed by V-Rib or flat dyed mono for the rib.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 4
Dub the body two-thirds of the way up the hook shank. Fold the Thin Skin flat over the dubbing. Tie it in at the abdomen/thorax junction, and rib with four or five wraps.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 5
Dub the thorax thicker than the body of the fly. When you fold back the Thin Skin, dub over the fold for a clean junction between the body and the thorax. Pick some of the thorax dubbing out to the sides.
Super Soft-hackle Stone Step 6
Tie in the hackle of your choosing, and use two or three wraps. Whip-finish. Donâ€™t tie the hackle back along the hook. If it sticks straight out, you get more movement from the fly.