Step By Step Tutorial for the "D" Rib Golden Stone Nymph. This nymph was designed for the South Platte River here in Colorado. Mainly the Cheeseman Canyon section. This nymph is working great any where you find golden stone nymphs. I typically fish this nymph as a upper fly on a 2 fly nymph rig. Or I will fish it as the middle fly on a 3 fly nymph rig. The fly is fished dead drift bouncing along the bottom. Enjoy
Hook: 2xl nymph hook - Sizes 12 thru 16
Thread: Yellow 6/0 or 8/0
Markers: Sharpie Marigold and Sharpie Brown
Weight: Flat lead tape
Tail: Gold Goose biots
Abdomen: Light Golden Stone "D" rib - Size 12 and above medium, size 14 and smaller small
Wing case: Rainy's Stretch flex Golden stone Color - Size 12 and above 5/32" width, Size 14 and smaller 1/8" width
Dubbing: Tannish yellow mixed with a little UV Ice dubbing
Legs: Natural Partridge
Step 1: Put hook in vise, cut a narrow strip of lead tape. Wrap lead tape around hook, double layer at thorax region of fly. Leave bare shank at the eye of the hook and at the point above the barb.
Step 2: Put on a layer of yellow thread on lead tape. With a smooth jawed pair of needle noose pliers flatten out lead tape.
Step 3: Tie in the gold goose biots, one on each side. Tail length should be around 1/2 shank length long. Trim the tails at the tie in point.
Step 4: Tie in the "D" rib along the hook shank. Keep it on the side of the hook. Tie in "d" facing the hook shank. Build up a tapered body with the thread.
Step 5: Using the markers color the top half of the abdomen. 1st color is marigold, color the whole top half of the abdomen. The with the brown marker create a modeling effect on the top half of the abdomen.
Step 6: Wrap the "d" rib forward. Help create the taper with the stretch of the "d" rib
Step 7: Tie in the wing case material. Bind down to the 1/2 way point of the hook shank. If you ran your abdomen far enough forward you should be tying down the wing case material on to the abdomen material.
Step 8: Dub a small amount of dubbing. dub to the mid point of the thorax.
Step 9: Prepare a partridge feather by cutting out the "v". Install the legs one bunch on each side of dubbing ball. Tips should go just past the back of the dubbing.
Step 10: Pull wing case material forward and bind down. Wrap forward just a little.
Step 11: Pull the wing case back toward the back of the fly and bind down. Bind down just to the front of the dubbing ball.
Step 12: Create another dubbing ball at the front of the thorax. Leave a little more room than usual at the eye of the hook. Then install another partridge feather for legs. On a size 16 "d" rib golden stone nymph I do not create the double wing case. One wing case and one set of legs.
Step 13: Pull wing case material forward and tie off, cut excess material off. Bind down and whip finish the head of the fly. Fly almost done.
Step 14: Notice the golden stone scud back is a little light in color. Take the Marigold marker and darken the scud back. Make sure you darken the thread head with marigold marker. Also take the brown marker and model the back of the wing case.
Finished fly from the top
Finished fly from the bottom.
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