Rocky Nymph


Imitates a salmonfly nympph. This fly must be fished on the bottom. Period. So weight it heavily under the body and use the beadhead. For more information about this fly, see the fly tying article.


Dark chocolate brown is another color option for salmonflies. For golden stonefly nymphs, use black over yellow for the body color.

How to Fish

Dead drift on the bottom with an trout indicatoror tight line presentation. The best areas are bouldery sections, riffles, and just below riffles. If you find a moderatre drop-off just below a riffle, consider yourself blessed.

Tying Instructions

1. Slide bead on hook.

2. Make 15-20 wraps of lead wire. Push front end into bead to prevent spinning. Super glue to prevent twisting of the body.

3. Tie in black goose biot tails.

4. Tie in black Body Stretch.

5. Dub an underbody to thicken up the abdomen.

6. Wrap Body Stretch. Tie off and trim.

7. Tie in Raffia and black sparkle chenille. Rafia should be coated with two coats of Flexament before tying it in.

8. Build 1st wingcase by pulling raffia over one or two wraps of chenille. Fold over wingcase, tie off, and tie back raffia.

9. Tie in legs. You can position them by manipulating how you wrap the sparkle chenille. Wrap sparkle chenille, tie off and trim.

10. Build 2nd wingcase by folding over raffia. Tie off and trim.

11. Tie in antennae over the bead. You can also tie the antennae before sliding the bead on. This takes a little longer to do but it doesn't hurt how the fly fishes.

12. Make a wrap or two of black sparkle dubbing just to make the head area neater.

13. Whip finish and lacquer.

HOOK: Mustad 37162, sized 2-8

UNDERBODY: 20 wraps of.030 or .035 lead wire

TAILS: Split black goose biots

ABDOMEN: Black Body Stretch. Fit it over a black dubbed base if you want a fuller fly

WINGCASES: Black Rafia treated with Flexament

THORAX: Black medium sparkle chenille

LEGS: Black Super Floss

ANTENNAE: Black goose biots

HEAD: Black brass bead