The Flutterfoam Stonefly


          This fly was put together after observing thousands of specimens of giant stoneflies like golden stones, skwalas and salmonflies,and I put together what I believe to be a fly with the ideal amount of action, buggyness and overall attractiveness packed into the perfect stonefly profile.  This fly combines the qualities of two of my favorite stonefly imitations: the Rogue Foam Stonefly and the Stimulator. 

The Rogue Foam is great because of its ultra realistic slim profile and segmented foam body.  It rides low in the surface of the water but floats all day because of the foam.  Fish love the realism of this fly as it is dead drifted over their snouts during stonefly season, and it has caught me my fare share of lunkers.  The Stimulator is another bug that has unmatched popularity among anglers.  Its design makes it useful as a general attractor or to match a number of different adult terrestrial and aquatic insects.  Unlike the Rogue Foam Stonefly, the Stimulator is tied with thick bushy hackle palmered up the abdomen and thorax, causing the fly to ride high which enables the angler to flutter and skate the fly on the surface of the water, inducing heart stopping takes from big fish!  Each fly has a unique profile and sometimes the fish can be in the mood for one over the other, so it is important to carry a few types of dries to entice picky fish into eating your offering.

My Flutterfoam Stone combines the realism and low profile of the Rogue Foam Stone with the Attractive buggyness and increased action of the Stimulator to create a fly that drives fish up to the surface in a frenzied rage!  Some of the takes I’ve had while fishing this thing are incredible!  The segmented foam body and bullet head along with the low profile wing give it that super realism, while the clipped hackle wrap and rubber legs add attractiveness and movement.  You can cut the legs short and tie the wing sparse to create a stonefly with a slim, unobtrusive profile or you can give it a fuller wing and leave the legs extra long to suggest the fluttering wings of an egg laden adult struggling in the surface of the water.  Fish it dead drifted or skate and twitch it to add action.  It all depends on the mood of the fish so experiment until you find what is working.


The Flutterfoam Stonefly 

Hook: TMC 5263 (4-10)

Thread: Fly Master Plus 210 Denier for large patterns, Flymaster 6/0 for smaller flies. For salmonflies use fluorescent orange or rusty orange, for golden stoneflies use gold or yellow/orange.

Body: 2 sheets of 2mm closed cell foam sandwiched together to create color contrast.  For salmonflies use black or brown for the top and orange for the bottom, for goldens use a brown or tan back and gold or yellow for the belly.

Belly Flash: Pearl krystal flash wrapped around hook shank.

Hackle: Brown grizzly rooster cape palmered around foam body and clipped short.

Under Wing: Krystal Flash.

Wing: 1mm clear packing foam.

Over Wing: Deer or elk body hair.  Natural for Salmonflies, bleached for goldens.

Bullet Head: Deer or elk body hair.  Black or brown for Salmonflies, brown for Goldens.

Legs: Medium round rubber for large flies.  Micro round rubber for small ones.  Try barred rubber and superfloss for added attractiveness!


1.      Insert hook into vise and start thread, advancing to the rear of the hook shank above the barb.  Prepare a small strip of sandwiched bicolor foam about the length of the hook shank and half the width of the hook gap.  Here I have chosen a combination of brown and gold to represent a golden stonefly.



2.      Tie the foam strip in with several firm wraps to make sure it does not slip around the hook shank.



3.      Select a hackle feather and tie in by the tip with the rest of the feather extending to the rear of the hook.


4.      Tie in Krystal flash, wrap the thread about 1/8th of an inch up the hook shank, wrap the krystal flash up to the thread and tie down with thread.  Tie down the foam with three firm wraps to form your first segment. 



5.      Repeat this process to form three or four clean segments depending upon the size of the fly you are tying.  Leave about 1/3 of the hook shank free for the wing and bullet head.



6.      Palmer the hackle around the foam body by making two wraps between segments and advancing with one wrap over the top.  Don’t worry if the hackle twists a little as you are wrapping it because you will be clipping it short anyways. Wrap to the start of the thorax and tie off.











  7. Clip the hackle down close to the foam body.  This way the fly will still sit low in the water while the hackle traps air bubbles and creates a buggy fluttering action.


8.      Double 2-3 strands of krystal flash around the thread and tie down in front of the abdomen sweeping over the rear of the hook.  This will be the underwing.



9.      Select a piece of 1mm thin packing foam and cut it into the oblong shape of a stonefly wing.  It should be about equal to the entire length of the fly and the width of the hook gap.



10. Tie it down so that it extends about one hook gaps length beyond the abdomen.



11. Select, brush and stack a sparse clump of deer or elk body hair for the overwing.  I have chosen bleached hair for the golden stonefly pattern.  Tie the wing in so that it extends just past the abdomen taking care not to flare it too much.



12. Select, brush and stack a small clump of dark deer or elk body hair for the bullet head.  Here I have chosen brown for the golden stonefly pattern.  To make sure your bullet head is the right size, measure it with the tips facing towards the front of the hook shank as shown.  Your tie in point should leave the tips of the hair extending forward equal to the length of the overwing as shown above.  Tie in at the start of the thorax, clip off the butt hair and wrap tightly forward.



13. Wrap the thread back to the start of the thorax and fold the hair tips backwards, tying them down at the base of the thorax.  Leave the belly open allowing the gold thread to show through.



14. Tie in rubber legs and whip finish.  I leave them long to suggest fluttering wings but clipping them short works well too.



Here is the bug from a fishy point of view.  Pretty tasty looking!



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