Bird's Stonefly SBS
Made a few changes to the dry version of Cal Bird's stonefly (here in salmonfly colors). Replaced the floss body with foam and the squirrel tail wing with elk hair, to improve floatation, and the fragile moose hair tails with paint brush bristles; supposed to have antennae out the front, which I forgot (and don't miss). The palmered body hackle is a variation on the original (tied in 2 sections along the midshank); just liked the way it looked.
hook - Tiemco 5212 #6
thread - UTC 140 orange
tails - paint brush bristles
body - 1mm foam orange
rib - tying thread tag end
body hackle - hackle brown (trimmed short)
wing - elk hair
hackle - brown
mash barb, attach thread at 75% mark and wrap back to point above barb (leave the tag end long)
tie in foam strip, apply a little Super Glue to the shank and bind down foam
take one wrap of foam and tie down; tie in tails
wrap foam forward, tie down and trim
trim hackle and tie in
palmer hackle in close turns to the hook bend; trap with thread tag end, wrap forward as rib, tie off and trim hackle end
clean and stack a clump of elk hair; measure for length (extend hook gap distance past bend)
tie in elk, trim butts and cover with thread
tie in front hackle and wrap forward; half hitch x2 and SHHAN
trim hackle flat on bottom, trim tails
Even with the foam body and elk wing, this one's going to be float challenged
Maybe a tube version?
Excellent SBS! The Bird's Stone is one of my alltime favorites and was the main inspiration for my Satsop Stone.
Great instruction and photos! Two questions from a near rookie: 1. what does SHHAN stand for? Tried looking it up here and couldn't find it. 2. what color combos would look good (if any) as a trout fly?
I believe its short for "Sally Hansons Hard as Nails" Polish
Last edited by ScottP; 10-31-2013 at 08:40 PM.
Dang! Answers illustrated with more great photos! Thanks a lot!
Looks great - how would you compare this to the stimulator? Sits lower and as you say more float challenged because of the clipped hackle? Looks a bit more impressionistic than the stim.