Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

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Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

Postby ScottP » Wed May 27, 2015 8:01 am

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Cool fly; didn't know he fished anything besides a Grey Fox Variant. A few different methods to attach the shellback, although none of the ones I've seen seem very durable; I'm lazy and chose the path of least resistance.


hook - Mustad 9671 #12
underbody - non-tox wire .025
thread - UTC 70 woodduck
shellback/wing pad - woodduck flank
tail - pheasant tail
abdomen - stripped hackle quill ginger
thorax - rabbit dirty gold
legs - partridge


mash barb, wrap front of shank with non-tox

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start thread, wrap underbody, taper front and back

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tie in a clump of woodduck fibers (hook gap width) by tips, wrap back to point above barb

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measure 2 pheasant tail fibers for length (hook shank) and tie in on either side of shellback

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strip a ginger neck quill, moisten (microwave 30 seconds in a damp napkin) and tie in; smooth underbody with thread

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brush underbody with Sally (or Super Glue); wrap quill forward and tie off

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dub thread, dub thorax

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prep partridge, tie in by tip and wrap

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squeeze front of fly from top and bottom (no pic, sorry) and take a few wraps back, pushing hackle fibers to the sides

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pull shellback forward; tie down, trim, smooth head, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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Re: Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

Postby tie2fish » Wed May 27, 2015 8:24 am

Good looking pattern, Scott, and the usual excellent SBS.
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Re: Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

Postby Smuggler » Wed May 27, 2015 9:04 am

Art was a master of the craft, this pattern is a great example of that. Thanks Scott.
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Re: Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

Postby ScottP » Wed May 27, 2015 4:17 pm

That mallard flank shellback looks pretty flimsy; don't think it would hold up to very much abuse. One alternative would be to take a whole flank feather, size it, coat with Sally and pull it to shape; the center stem + glue should make it a lot more durable. Here's a few steps from a Hotwire variation:

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start the fly like the Flick version, but substitute wire for the quill body; I used ginger (Brassie) and copper (x-fine) wrapped side-by-side

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after a few wraps, pull the shellback forward and secure with the copper wire

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repeat up the body to the thorax

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helicopter the wire and then finish the fly, same as the Flick

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Re: Flick's Stonefly Creeper SBS

Postby William Anderson » Wed May 27, 2015 4:25 pm

Scott, my first thought was that it would be a shame that such a fine looking fly would become a different fly after a fish, maybe two. Your points on how to reinforce that wood duck feather sounds like a good idea. On the other hand, this pattern looks like it would fish very well with a shredded wingcase and if it shreds...so be it. This is a superb SBS and a killer looking pattern.
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