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Fly Tying: Kauffmans Stone

Kauffmans Stone

Kauffmans Stone Recipe

Hook: TMC 300 #2-10

Thread: 3/0 brown Monocord


Weight: Lead or Lead Free Wire


Tail: Brown Goose Biots

Rib: Black D-Rib

Abdomen: Brown Seal Fur Substitute (angora goat)

Wingcase: Vinyl cement coated turkey tail slips, cut to shape


Thorax: Same as abdomen

Antennae: Brown Goose Biots

Fly Tying Kauffmans Stone Video:


Tying Kauffman's Stone

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 1 of 14

Tie a piece of lead wire down each side of the hook shank. Wrap about twenty turns of smaller lead over the hook shank on the front of the shank. Wrap the thread back and forth over the lead underbody to secure everything in place.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 2 of 14

Bring the thread to the bend and dub a small ball of fur.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 3 of 14

Tie in an opposed pair of goose biots at the bend of the hook on either side of the dubbing ball. Wrap forward over the butt ends to secure them and clip the excess.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 4 of 14

Tie in a piece of D-Rib with the flat side up and wrap back over it to the bend.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 5 of 14

Dub a robust tapered abdomen up to the seventy percent point.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 6 of 14

Cut three coated slips from a turkey tail feather. These slips should be about as wide as the hook gap.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 7 of 14

Notch the end of each slip as shown here. I notch the butt ends of the slips as they seem a bit more durable this way.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 8 of 14

Tie the first slip in on the front edge of the abdomen so it overlaps back to nearly the midpoint on the shank.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 9 of 14

Dub a portion of the thorax about halfway forward over the front end of the hook.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 10 of 14

Overlap the thread onto the front edge of the thorax dubbing and tie in the second wingcase slip as you did the first. This slip should overlap the first one by about half.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 11 of 14

Apply more dubbing and wrap it from the base of the second wingcase up to just short of the hook eye.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 12 of 14

Tie in the last wingcase at the front edge of the dubbing. Clip the excess flush.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 13 of 14

Tie in a short goose biot on either side of the hook eye. Clip the butt ends. Dub a small collar at the front of the fly, whip finish and clip the thread.

Tying Kauffman's Stone Step 14 of 14

Pick out the dubbing along the thorax to simulate legs.

Finished Kauffman's Stone

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