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    Default 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




    Part 1


    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






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    Part 2

    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?





    Regards,
    Scott

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    Excellent SBS! The Bird's Stone is one of my alltime favorites and was the main inspiration for my Satsop Stone.

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    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?

    Thanks!

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    I believe its short for "Sally Hansons Hard as Nails" Polish

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    Quote Originally Posted by teachmarkey View Post
    Two questions from a near rookie: 1. what does SHHAN stand for?
    Quote Originally Posted by LEBENGEEK View Post
    I believe its short for "Sally Hansons Hard as Nails" Polish
    - yup


    Quote Originally Posted by teachmarkey View Post
    2. what color combos would look good (if any) as a trout fly?

    When I mentioned salmonfly in the intro, I meant that as the name of the bug, the big, orangeish stonefly that's found out west







    not a fly to fish for salmon. The 3 big stones I've fished for trout out there are these, golden and skwalas (kind of a dirty olive/yellow); haven't cracked the nocturnal stonefly yet so no info. For the golden stone, I'd use goldenrod foam (tan in a pinch) and either grizzly dyed tan or ginger/grizzly mix hackle. For the skwala, I had good luck with olive foam (even though it didn't really match the body of the fly) in this pattern






    I'd guess for the Bird you could use dun hackle for the body and dun/grizz for the head (olive dyed grizzly would work, too).

    Regards,
    Scott
    Last edited by ScottP; 10-31-2013 at 08:40 PM.

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    Dang! Answers illustrated with more great photos! Thanks a lot!

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    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.
    JW

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