Instructions: Poxyback Stonefly Nymph, Golden Stone

Tying Instructions: Poxyback Stonefly Nymph, Golden Stone

1. Slide a bead onto the hook and attach the hook to the vise.
Step One
2. Attach two Turkey biots to each side of the hook shank behind the eye for antennae. Secure with thread wraps and cut off the tag ends. Whip finish and trim off the thread.
Step Two
3. Slide the bead up to the hook eye.
Step Three
4. Reattach the thread behind the bead and lay a thread foundation to the bend of the hook.
Step Four
5. Attach a second pair of Turkey biots at the bend of the hook for a tail. Secure the biots along each side of the hook shank to the mid point of the shank and trim off the tag ends of the biots.
Step Five
6. Attach two sections of leadfree wire along each side of the hook shank from the base of the bead to the bend of the hook. Apply thread wraps along the entire length of the wire finishing just behind the bead.
Step Six
7. Use smooth faced hemostats to crush the wire into a planar shape and continue to thread wrap back to the tail tie in position.
Step Seven
8. Secure a piece of thread for the ribbing and the tail tie-in position.
Step Eight
9. At the tail tie-in position apply some dubbing that will cover the ends of the leadfree wire.
Step Nine
10. Attach a Turkey biot by it's tip to the tail tie-in position at the top of the shank with the curvature of the biot facing the bead.
Step ten
11. Use your hackle clamp to hold the end of the biot and wrap forward to the middle of the hook shank. The biot will produce a ridge with small hairs up it. Secure the end of the biot with thread wraps.
Step Eleven
12. Counter wrap the thread ribbing about 4-5 times spiroling to the midpoint of the hook shank.
Step Twelve
13. Prep a turkey feather with a fixative and clip off a section that is about as wide as the bead. Attach the section behind the bead on top of the shank and secure with thread wraps to the midpoint of the shank.
Step Thirteen
14. Select a hen back feather and prepare the feather by sweeping back the fibers leaving a small tip that will be secured behind the bead.
Step Fourteen
15. The feather should be upside down with the dull side facing upwards and the bottom of the tip is secured at the midpoint wrapping the tip up to the bead.
Step Fifteen
16. Apply dubbing to the thread below the midpoint of the shank.
Step Sixteen
17. Wrap a thorax that is about the thickness of the bead, leaving a space between the bead and the thorax.
Step Seventeen
18. Pull the henback over the dubbed thorax and secure behind the bead. Trim off the tag end.
Step Eighteen
19. Pull the Turkey section over the henback for a wingcase ande secure behind the bead. Trim off the tag end.
Step Nineteen
20. Apply some UV Fly Finish to the wingcase and finishing up to the back of the bead. Use your bodkin to smooth the epoxy to all of the turkey edges.
Step Twenty
21. Cure the epoxy with a UV lamp. It will cure within 15 seconds.
Step Twenty one
22. Apply some more dubbing to the thread for a collar behind the bead.
Step Twenty two
23. Wrap a collar with just a couple of wraps and whip finish.
Step Twenty three

24. The finished Poxyback Stonefly Nymph, Golden Stone. Another nice touch is to use a brownish marker to touch up the biot body and the tails and antennae for a mottled effect.

Step Twenty four

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