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Hole-In-One Stonefly
Created by Gerald James
Al & Gretchen Beatty

Gerald developed this fly quite by accident. He was talking on the telephone while rolling an orange golf tee in his fingers. All of a sudden the lights flashed and he realized the golf tee would make a great stonefly body with only a minimum of modification. First he removed the large end of the tee then cut a slot length-wise to accommodate the hook shank. An application of Shoe Goo cemented the body to the hook. The wing is constructed from a rip-stop automotive material Jerry painted gray then stamped with the vein markings. He finishes by spraying the wing with a clear acrylic to waterproof it.

Is the fly effective? You bet it is and easy to cast as well! Jerry calls it 'ultra-dry" because it is almost impossible to sink. The fly hits the water with a telltale splash that alerts the fish to its exact location. From there it's a matter of setting the hook because the fish is going to strike. Jerry designed it to be a trout fly, but has caught bass and steelhead on it as well.

Materials for the Hole-In-One Stonefly:

    Hook: TMC 200R, size 4.

    Thread: Orange & fluorescent orange.

    Tail: Black biots.

    Body: Hot orange golf tee.

    Over back: Black latex.

    Rib: Black Larva Lace.

    Wing: Automotive upholstery fabric.

    Head: Deer hair, bullet style.

    Eyes Melted monofilament.

    Legs: Rubber leg material.

    Antenna: Black wild boar hair.

Tying Instruction for the Hole-In-One Stonefly:

step 1

Step 1: Prepare the wing by coating the rip-stop upholstery fabric with a thin coat of gray water-based paint. Allow it to dry, then cut the wing to shape as illustrated. Apply the vein markings with a felt-tip marker or stamp. Spray the wing with clear acrylic to waterproof it. Set it aside to dry. Also cut a half-inch section of monofilament and melt the ends to form a set of eyes. Color them with a black marker and set them aside as well.

step 2

Step 2: Cut the large end from an orange golf tee and discard it unless you plan to use it as a pan-fish popper head. Saw a slot length-wise in the remaining slender portion that is deep enough to cut about half way through the piece. We've stuck the prepared golf tee on the point of the hook for illustration purposes only. It is mounted on the hook in the next step.

step 3

Step 3: Mount the body on the hook using Shoe Goo or epoxy and allow it to dry. Be sure the front 1/4 of the hook shank remains bare. The body should extend beyond the end of the shank no more than 3/8 inch. After the glue is dry, color the top of the body with a black felt-tip marker.

step 4

Step 4: Attach the orange thread at the very end of the hook shank and trim the waste end. Tie a black biot on both sides of the body as a tail and cut off the excess material. While at the end of the shank, tie on a 1/4-inch-wide strip of black latex directly on top of the body. Next attach a section of black Larva Lace on the off side of the body. Wrap the thread forward to the front of the body forming evenly spaced turns later to be covered by the rib.

step 5

Step 5: Fold the latex over, tie it down at the front of the body, and trim the excess. Wrap the black Larva Lace forward to form a rib, spacing the turns so it covers the thread placed in the last step.

step 6

Step 6: Position the wing on top of the body, bind it in place, and trim away the waste end. Apply a coating of head cement to the wing/body juncture. Whip finish the orange thread and trim it from the hook. Tie on the fluorescent orange thread and advance it to the hook eye.

step 7

Step 7: Select, clean, and stack a clump of deer hair. Adjust it so the fibers are equal in length to the hook shank then spin it around the front of the hook with the tips pointing forward. Trim off the waste end then cover them with a thread base. Tie on the eyes shaped in Step 1 then tie on two wild-boar fibers to form the antennae; they should extend forward one-half inch.

step 8

Step 8: Pull deer hair over to form the bullet head. As you bring the hair back take care to allow the antennae to remain pointing forward. Form the head and bind it in place. Cut two sections of rubber leg material and tie one of them to the off side of the hook so one end sticks out next to the eye and the other next to the body. Repeat the process on the near side of the hook. Whip finish the thread and trim it from the fly. Trim the legs to length and spot them with several drops of black head cement to provide texture. Apply a coating of cement or Aqua Tuff to the bullet head and orange thread wraps. ~ Al & Gretchen

Credit: The Hole-In-One Stonefly is one of the many great conceptual and innovative flies in their book, Innovative Flies and Techniques published by Frank Amato Publications.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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