20 incher Stonefly

Cheech - November, 2017

The 20 Incher stone has been in fly bins for a long long time, and there is a good reason for it... They flat out catch fish. Tied with materials that are readily available from most fly shops and perhaps from your own desk, this fly follows basic tying techniques, and really isn't hard to get to look like you have been tying them for years. In this video, we'll show you how to select the peacock fibers, create a proper taper, and add a nice touch to the thorax so the fly has a flat profile like a stonefly. We typically fish these in size 8-12 as a stonefly imitation, but they also work really well as a general attractor nymph or a heavy anchor fly on a euro nymphing rig. One of the best parts is that you can now tie this fly in a huge variety of colors due to the availability of dyed natural materials these days. For my basic 20 inchers, I choose to use turkey tails that my buddy Chad shot, squirrel that wild man Mason shot, and feathers from my aunt's now deceased pet peacock Fernando.
~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook - 10
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Copper - 5/32" (3.8mm)
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots - Brown
  • Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Brassie
  • Body : Peacock Eye Sticks
  • Thorax: Natural Furs Dubbing - Fox Squirrel
  • Wingcase: Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail - Select Pair
  • Legs : Premium Partridge Feathers - Natural
  • Glue : Loon Soft Head - Clear
  • Tools Used: TMC Dub Brush Retractable, Loon Water Based Head Cement System, Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher, Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor,
  • Hook: Hanak H 300 BL Original Czech Nymph Hook - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .015
  • Tail: Strung Peacock Herl
  • Rib 1: Umpqua Perform X Trout Nylon Tippet - 6X
  • Rib 2: Krystal Flash - Olive
  • Abdomen: Hare-Tron Dubbing - Olive
  • Thorax: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing - Peacock
  • Wing Case: Scud Back - Summer Duck - 1/8"
  • Renzetti Master Vise , C&F Design Bobbin,
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14
  • Thread: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Silver - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Thread 2: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Body: Lead Wire Spool - .010
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Natural
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small
  • Body/Thorax: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow
  • Renzetti Master Vise, C&F Design Bobbin, Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$6.50
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Brassie Size

$1.75
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Lead Wire Spool
Lead Wire Spool

Lead Wire Spool

$3.99
Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots
Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots
Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots

Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots

$2.50
Natural Furs Dubbing
Natural Furs Dubbing

Natural Furs Dubbing

$2.95
Loon Water Based Head Cement System
Loon Water Based Head Cement System

Loon Water Based Head Cement System

$7.99
Peacock Eye Sticks
Peacock Eye Sticks
Peacock Eye Sticks

Peacock Eye Sticks

$4.50
Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook
Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook

Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook

$6.35
Loon Soft Head
Loon Soft Head
Loon Soft Head

Loon Soft Head

$3.75
Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail - Select Pair
Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail - Select Pair

Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail - Select Pair

$5.25
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor

Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor

$95.95
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

$39.99
Premium Partridge Feathers
Premium Partridge Feathers

Premium Partridge Feathers

$5.99
TMC Dub Brush Retractable
TMC Dub Brush Retractable

TMC Dub Brush Retractable

$39.99