one for the Stoners (creating foam extended bodies)

by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food

pteronarcys

“These big bugs, AKA Pteronarcys Californica, are the largest of the stonefly order (plecoptera — which literally means “braided wings”) and incite large migrations of fly fishers from around the world as hopeful hatch-matchers descend on the Western rivers that host these giant bugs and their legendary emergences.”

ok, not all of us are able to swarm out west (or east) to go see these massive critters…stone-fly-tattoo

however, just about all of us are lucky enough to have smaller cousins of the stonefly family in our local waters so this video is just the ticket for making our own sure-floating, easy to cast/fish, lively (and pretty-darn cute) imitation to suit our waters.
in what is rather a complex or rather, labor-intensive tying tutorial, here’s a mountain of great advice, tips and tricks on creating extended foam bodies. surely the best i’ve ever seen and one that’s sure to inspire. of course this specific pattern is very interesting but what i’m mostly seeing here are several techniques that can be transposed to many other imitations including floating nymphs and streamers just to name a few.
as i’m sure most of us couldn’t validate the expense of buying full sets of wing and body cutters don’t be put off if you don’t have them. the bodies and wing can simply be cut with scissors or an exacto-type blade, the resultant rough edges are easily made smooth and sexy with a lighter as Curtis shows us when ‘prettying up’ the tail section (but be sure to practice this on a waste piece first !), and you can use a big sewing needle for the extended body pin.
a super-nice trick is how the rubber legs are sandwiched and glued in place instead of the usual tying in. i just had one of those “D’Oh ! why didn’t i think of that?! “ moments…

StoneMonsters

Stonefly exoskeletons  (order: Plecoptera) found near a french Pyrenean river. it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly but i believe them to be of the Leuctra ariega species even if they seem to be a bit too big for that particular bug.
whatever they are they’re beautiful and i know the trouts like them too…

stonemonsters