The Early Black Stonefly Nymph does a great job of imitating the small black stoneflies that are one of the first aquatic insects to hatch in significant numbers on southern trout waters. Stoneflies are bottom crawler that tend to hatch where there is a slight increase in temperature, such as when sunlight warms the water a couple of degrees. Nymphs crawl to the bank to emerge rocks, and are especially easily to spot on streamside snow. Fish these flies in tandem in a dead drift.
Hook: TMC 2457 #8-12 or Daiichi X120
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Tail: Peasant Tail – Black
Rib: Black Wire – Large
Thorax: Ice Dub – Peacock
Wingcase: Pheasant Tail – Black
Legs: Pheasant Tail – Black