Poxyback Stonefly Nymph

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Poxyback Biot, Golden Stone
Poxyback Golden Stone
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Mike MercerDeveloped by Mike Mercer of Redding, CA in the early 1990's. Golden Stone nymphs are smaller and lighter in color than salmonflies. They also have a flatter body profile. The belly's are a rich golden color while the dorsal portion is usually dark. The abdomens have distinct bands and the legs are heavy and bulky. Mike was able to get the flattened body profile by utilizing two strands of lead wire along the shank and wrapping a third strand around the thorax region, gently mashing it down into a planar shape. Poxystone, GoldenThe original Poxyback, Golden Stone utilized a dubbed abdomen which was teased out to represent the thin appendages of the actual insect. This was a technique he used on his mayfly Poxyback patterns. Mike refined his pattern with the BH Poxyback, Biot Golden Stone in which turkey biots represent the abdomen in a more realistic way. The biots produces a naturally ribbed segmentation appearance and the Turkey Biot's are thin enough to represent the whip-like tails and antennae. He included a bead head and and his "signature" epoxied wingcase.

The pattern has been adapted to many types of stoneflies, ie skwalas, goldens, little browns. Two basic colorations apply, Light and Dark. The dark coloration is used under turbid conditions while the light is used when the water is clear. Mike also designed two size ranges for the stoneflies. The standard size is #8-12 and the micro pattern is #14-18. Since stoneflies are present year-round in the stream, these size ranges and colors will cover all of your stonefly nymphs. You can use these patterns when searching for trout or for a realistic imitation during a hatch. If you are searching, try this pattern in the riffles and current seams, near rocky structures and streamside vegetation. Stoneflies like freestone streams. During Mid-March, the Skawalas will be hatching and in late May and June, the golden stoneflies will crawl along the bottom to reach shore. Trout will often locate themselves close to shore to intercept the stoneflies while staying in the edges of pockets and slots. The nymphs do not have good swimming abilities and are often swept up in the current. A drift-free presentation of the nymph within the feeding lanes will often produce results. Depending upon the water, some use indicators while others prefer to high-stick nymph without indicators.



Poxyback Dark Stone
Poxyback Dark Stone
Poxyback Micro Stonefly, Light
Poxyback Micro Stonefly
Poxyback Micro Stonefly, Dark
Poxyback Little Yellow Stone


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