Pat's Rubber Leg Stone Variation
Curtis - September, 2019
WPat's rubber legs is a well known stonefly nymph pattern. I think this fly has become popularized for two reasons: It's easy to tie, and it is very effective.
I've tied and tried many stonefly nymphs in an effort to find a go-to pattern. Pat's Stone is it. Simple, yet very effective.
This version is varied slightly to accommodate euro nymphing so it features a weighted body and a tungsten bead. This fly was featured in the video, Modern Nymphing (more info here), and uses a small size of variegated chenille that is very hard to find. We call it Stonefly Chenille. Stonefly Chenille is perfect for smallish stonefly imitations like golden and skwala stonefly nymphs. Check out all the colors we carry here.
Anyway, forget all those ultra realistic imitations that take an hour to tie. Get a Pat's Stone down deep and let the fish have some lunch. Err, maybe some exercise :)
Keep your Stonefly nymphs thin. They will fish better if they've been on a diet. Most patterns are way too fat. I'm confident you'll find (as I have) that stones are most effective when tied thin. Our Stonefly Chenille will make this easy because it is super fine and super fly. Happy tying :)
- Hook: Daiichi 1730 - Bent Shank Nymph Hook - 10
- Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Dark Brown
- Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 5/32" (3.8mm)
- Tail, Legs, Antennae: Barred Sexi Floss - Yellow - Medium
- Body: Stonefly Chenille - Coffee/Black
- Under-Body: Lead Wire Spool - .015