We’ve added some killer fly patterns to our growing collection of fly tying videos including this Rubber Leg Stonefly by Aaron Jasper of Trout Predator Online.
Traditionally thought of as a Western style fly, this simple fly pattern is equally effective on streams in the Eastern US and turned my day around a few weeks ago while fishing the Housatonic River in Connecticut. After getting skunked all morning I knew I was onto something when I took 5 fish in 6 casts and 8 trout (both rainbow and brown trout) in about twenty minutes with this stonefly imitation.
Tied very sparsely with only two pair of legs, the Rubber Leg Stonefly is surprising lively in the water and drives the trout nuts. Shown here tied with brown chenille, the pattern also works great in orange-yellow, yellow-brown and green (my favorite) chenille. Best of all, this pattern is real easy and quick to tie.
Visit our fly tying video gallery for more killer fly patterns that just might help you turn around a tough day on the water.
Ken Sperry is the editor of Fly Fishing Reporter and a life-long fly fisherman. When not fishing he's usually out running with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He also dabbles in building websites and smartphone apps.
[Video] Winter Dry-Fly Fishing in Colorado03 Jan, 2016
[Video] Introducing DIY Fly Fishing28 May, 2015
[Video] Seasons: A Young Man's Chronicle of Colorado Fly Fishing26 Apr, 2015
[Video] Tying the Transformer Midge (Dry Fly) by Davie McPhail19 May, 2014
[Video] Wander: Montana Fly Fishing On the Bitterroot River04 Feb, 2014
[Video] How to Tie a Damsel Fly