Simple Steelhead Patterns: Early Black Stonefly Nymph

Early black stonefly nymphs are a go-to spring pattern for steelhead on the PM. These can be tied in a variety of ways, but this pattern is especially simple. Anglers targeting steelhead should have sizes ranging from 10-14 in their fly boxes. Hare’s ear dubbing can also be used for the body. This fly will also entice early-season trout.

You can find all the materials to tie your own in our fly shop:

Hook: Fulling Mill 1531 Comp Heavyweight Black Nickel, Size 12
Bead: Black 7/64″
Thread: Black 8/0 or 6/0
Tail: Black Stripped Goose Biots
Ribbing: UTC Brassie Wire
Body: Ice Dub UV Black


By Derek Draplin