I love fishing and tying “generic patterns for both inland trout, steelhead, and a variety of warmwater speices. The “Stone-A-Mite Wiggler”, when tied in a variety of sizes and color variations is able to impersonate a wide variety of aquatic insects that live in both warm and cold water environs.
Hook: Daiichi #1130, Sizes 6-8-10, Rear Wiggle Hook – Straight eye Aberdeen hook 3/4 inches in length.
Thread: Gudebrod 6/0 or Wapsi UTC 140 Black
Head: Baetis or Caddis Green, 1/8th/3.2 mm Nymph Head
Body Tail: Tuft of black marabou.- Body for articulated wiggler – dubbing – Master Brite – Peacock, over which a black or olive Emu feather is laid in across the back, followed by a 1/4 in. Section of black “Thin Skin”, ribbed with 8 pound test brown, green or clear monofiliament.
Main Body: Loop of 12lb test mono to attach tail section.
Collar: Wound in at butt section of hook, several turns of black or olive Emu
Legs: 3 pair of “Spanflex” legs , knotted to impersonate joints, tied in at various points along shank of hook.
Wing Case: 2 sections of “Thin Skin” cut to shape to imitate wingcases,
Dubbing: Master Brite Peacock
Begin by a fixing a light wire, straight eyed nymph hook into the vise, attaching your thread with a jam knot and tying in a bunch of marabou (black) about 3/8ths of an inch long.
Tie in a 1.5″ long piece of black nymph skin which is approximately 3/16 – 1/4″ wide. The Nymph Skin should protrude off the back of the hook shank.
Attach a 3 – 4 ” piece of dark monofiliment (Maxima – 8lb. test) and a section of black or dark olive Emu. NOTE: both of these materials are tied in at exactly the same spot as the Nymph Skin.
Dub a dense body using any synthetic “Peacock” flavored dubbing. I personally prefer “Master Bright Dubbing”. Whatever dubbing you select should have some degree of ‘tease-ability”.
Pull the black Emu feather forward and secure it with several thread wraps. Ensure that the barbs of the feather protrude out the side of the fly.
Begin by sliding the bead into position and then placing the size 8 – 10, eye up salmon fly hook into the vise.
Next, Lay down a solid thread base and tie in a 5″ section of 10 – 12lb. monofiliment at the rear of the hook shank. Ensure that the “mono” is properly secured.
Tie in a 3″ section of black “Nymph Skin” just in front of the Emu collar. Then, equally spaced apart, tie in three, 4″ pieces of round black living rubber. Tie them in w/a figure – 8 method and apply a small amount of glue to each wrap. NOTE: You want to have an equal amount of “living rubber” on each side of the hook shank.
In open spirals, bring your thread back to the middle of the hook shank. Then bring forth the “Nymph Skin” to the middle of the shank, tie down with 4 – 5 wraps and then reverse the material and secure with 2 – 3 wraps so to give the folded appearance. Advance the thread to just behind the bead and bring the “Nymph Skin” forward. Secure behind the bead with several thread wraps and cut off excess material. Apply a liberal amount of cement. Lastly, dub a small amount of dubbing onto the thread and make 2 wraps behind the bead. Whip finish and apply more cement.
The “Stone-a-Mite” Wiggler is almost complete! You can either knot the legs to enhance the appendages or leave them (legs) unknotted. After knotting the legs, trim to length. If you prefer not to knot the legs, simply trim to the desired length.
Tight Lines and Great Fishing!!
Steven C. Wascher
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