Have I mentioned the rubberlegs recently? My memory isn’t what it used to be, but this fly ain’t going nowhere soon. Grab the chenille and the sexi floss, because that’s about it to this killer fly. Get busy on the vise and crank out this fly on whatever hook is lying nearby, and most likely it will catch a fish. Though it will never replace the wooly bugger in angler’s hearts, it most definitely has taken over it’s slot in the fly box when it comes to a go-to subsurface pattern for freestone rivers. Hell, I’ve even paired this nymph with a bugger and dunked it in Rock Creek in the spring, and it’s a hell of a drug for the right fish that wants to boogie.
This video by In The Riffle runs through the fly and a few tricks to make it an easy tie. Start with a few to get the hang of the legs, but don’t get too caught up in things if your legs don’t come out pretty at first. I’ve tied these things with missing pairs of legs, mixed colors, and with jimmy legs so whacked out that look like they should be working at a traveling carnival, and the thing is trout don’t give a shit. They eat it. Fish don’t count legs, they consume calories, and a big stonefly is always welcome.