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Jan 4 2010

Santiam Stone Contributor: dcarp
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Classification: Freshwater
Category: Nymph
Bugs & Baits: Stonefly
Fish: Steelhead Trout
Color(s): Amber Black Brown Gold
Recipe viewed 3126 times. Recipe ID: 987655655

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Santiam Stone


Hook
Heavy Wire Nymph Hook
Thread
Black 6/0
Head
Small Copper, Nickel, or Gold Bead
Head
Larger Copper, Nickel or Gold Bead (to fit over the small bead about half way)
Tail
Split Goose Biot to match or compliment body color
Rib
Gold, Silver or Copper Wire
Body
Riverwood Angora Dubbing Blend (black, brown, gold - to match the hatch)
Thorax
Riverwood Angora, dubbed loose
Shell Back
Goose Biots, folded back and unclipped
Legs
Round rubber

The Santiam Stone is a creation modeled after the Depth Charge Nymph and features 2 beads to create the head of the fly, a smaller bead at the hook eye followed by a larger bead placed on the hook backwards that fits over the front bead slightly.  You can use beads of the same color, or mix and match to create some contrast.

As with most of my large nymph patterns, the body is an angora wool blend of many different colors.  For black stonefly patterns I start with a base of black angora (50-70%), then add bits of red, yellow, green and blue.

In larger sizes (4-8), this fly will intice strikes from steelhead, smaller sizes (8-12) will fool big trout.