Tuesday Tutorial: Poxyback Microstone Stonefly

A well-tied stonefly nymph pattern is a thing of buggy beauty. Sure, you can get simple and tie up a dozen of your favorite rubber legs, and they will do the trick. But a bit more work and you can tie flies that impress and catch fish. With the upper Clark Fork fishing well, and stoneflies in the mix from the Big Hole to the Blackfoot, tying up a few of these micro golden stones is always a good idea. Like all of In The Riffle’s tutorials, the instruction is straight forward and the production is great, making it easy to get each step of the tying process dialed in for the dozens. Tying a few of this pattern in your larger sizes- hooks as large as a size 6 for those larger golden stones we see in the west – is also a killer way to get down to the strike zone and stay there when nymphing. Give this pattern a shot next time you’re at the vise.


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