Steelhead Stone

NOTE: this pattern is a Get Em Wet original, please give credit where credit is due.

This is an awesome pattern for winter steelhead and it works great for trout too. I sent a friend to the Salmon with a handful of these the other day and he killed them. I never head to the river without them.

Hook:  Partridge Low-Water Single #8-10
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Tan
Tail: Brown Goose Biots
Abdomen: Nymph Stretch Skin - Lt. Brown
Shellback: Thin Skin - Mottled Oak Natural
Flash: Krinkle Mirror Flash - Pearlescent
Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub - Golden Brown
Gills: Stripped Craft Store Ribbon
Legs: Partridge Feathers

Step 1

Start by making a small dubbing ball at the base of the hook where it just starts going into the bend

Step 2

Once you have the dubbing ball formed tie in a goose boot on each side of the shank. The dubbing ball adds just a bit of flash and helps to splay out the boot tails

Step 3

Take a length of nymph skin around three inches long and tie it in at the base of the tails. Wrap it forward overlapping enough to create and clean tapered body leaving enough room for the thorax

Step 4

Tie a piece of thin skin in at its proper tie in point, if you want a little more flash tie in some flashabou before the thin skin.

Step 5

Tie in a piece of craft ribbon and dub the rest of the fly with ice dub. wrap the craft ribbon half way forward and tie in the first set of partridge legs. Wrap the ribbon the rest of the way and tie in the second set. Once that is done lay the thin skin and flashabou over and tie everything off and glue.

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