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Draper Stonefly Nymph

tied by Inconnu
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Western Canada,
Imitation: Stone Flies,
Material List:
Hook: Draper Nymph Hook by Partridge, #6 or 8
Tail and antennae: Brown goose biots.
Dubbed body: Ronn Lucas' Golden Stone iridescent dubbing.
Ribbing: small amber swannundaze, v rib or larva lace.
Wingcase: Burnt church window feathers from ringneck pheasant.
Legs: Round rubber hackle.
weight: Tungsten sheeting.
Tying Instructions: Draper hooks are wide and quite tapered, so to give the initial wraps of thread a "toe-hold" I give the fram a light coat of clear nail polish or head cement, then:

1) wrap thread as you would most other patterns, from behind the hook eye to the hook bend. The eye on the draper hook is quite long, so start your thread leaving enough of the eye exposed to be useable. The frame is quite tapered so before I do any of this I give it a very light coat of clear nail polish to give the thread something to grip so it won't slide around on you.

2) Take a narrow strip of tungsten sheeting and tie it in over the frame as shown in the picture. I give it a light coat of nail polish to give it strength when I am done.

3) Dub in a very small ball of the golden stone dubbing at the hook bend.

4) Set your goose biot tails in place, so that the dubbing ball keeps them seperated. Tie them in and trim excess.

5) Tie in your ribbing material underneath the hook body at the same point.

6) Use a dubbing loop to create a tightly would strand of the dubbing and wrap it forward to the widest part of the hook frame. Then wrap your rib material very close together to form more of an overbody than ribbing.

7) Tie in your first wing pad ( pre-burn a few of these before ttying commences)

8) Tie in your rubber hackle so that each side has a bit of a spread. Meaning the back leg sort of hangs back and the front leg goes forward. Make your anchoring wraps tight to the last bit of dubbing you added.

8) dub a small amount over the base of the first wingpad and the wraps holding the legs. I left this picture out, sorry. This will also help lift the front wingcase up to help distinguish it from the second one.

9) With two wingpads in place it is time to tie in the antennae.

10) I build a reverse taper head at this point, though it will seem too long at first. The reverse taper helps to keep the goose biot seperated. So when the head is formed, tie in your biots/antennae. I also left out this picture...

11) Dub a small amount of dubbing over the head and do a whip and snip. Trim legs to desired length.

12) I use a test tube cleaning brush to rough up the dubbing under the thorax.
Presentation Tips: Dead drift on a floating line or whatever you require. Fish it as you would most other stonefly nymph patterns. The rubber legs give it alot of fish attracting action.

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