Rich Strolis: “Early season on an eastern tailwater or freestone stream can be touch-and-go fishing. I can remember when I first started fishing in February and March with limited success and seeing all sorts of micro stone flies hatching and crawling on the snow and ice. Prior to this pattern I had minimal success with pheasant tails and small soft hackles. I wanted to devise a smaller stonefly pattern that could be altered to imitate many of the different smaller stoneflies by just changing the color of thread and wire rib.
I came up with this pattern a few years back and made some minor adjustments in the last year as the result of some better materials available on the market. I wanted to incorporate rubber legs into this pattern as I know how deadly they are on larger stonefly imitations. I played around with a bunch of different products over the last few seasons, but Senyo’s Shaggy Dub is the perfect material. The best colors in this fly are brown and black for the winter stones, and yellow and chartreuse for the smaller golden stones and little sallies.”
Hook: Daiichi 1190 or equivalent barbless hook size 20-14
Thread: UTC 70
Tail/Antennae/Legs: Senyo Shaggy Dub
Head: Copper or Tungsten Bead
Body: Thread with SLF DUB
Rib: X-Small Ultra Wire
Wingcase: Midge Diamond Braid
Rich Strolis started fishing at an early age in western Massachusetts. By the age of 11 he was introduced to fly fishing and fly tying and never looked back. Rich has been guiding for nine seasons now as well as professionally tying and selling some of his unique fly patterns, which have appeared in several fly fishing publications. To see more of Rich’s work visit his Web site at www.catching-shadows.com.