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used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials
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materials, they were created and improved upon at a
far slower pace than todays modern counterparts;
limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to
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Part One hundred-twenty-two
Bird's Stone Nymph
Compiled and Tied By
Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
Photo by James Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Developed by Cal Bird of San Francisco in the 1960's, this groundbreaking
Stonefly nymph has been overshadowed by some newer arrivals to the fly
pattern scene, but it still catches more than its share of fish!
Its best use is as the nymphal form of the Western Salmonfly, and is most
often tied with significant weight.
The pattern is:
Hook: 3XL, heavy-wire hook.
Thread: Orange or Yellow.
Tails: Dyed Brown Biots.
Body: Brown dubbing.
Ribbing: Orange or Yellow floss.
Wingcase: Dark brown mottled quill.
Thorax: Peacock Herl.
Hackle: Brown or Furnace, palmered.
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