A Jackson Hole native, Will Dornan knows about big Western bugs. His Water Walker is a killer stonefly and terrestrial pattern that lures big trout to the surface. It’s also a great way to float a nymph in a dry-dropper rig. In this great video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, he ties a variation on Dornan’s pattern, making things a little a simpler while maintaining the fly’s great profile. As usual, there are some cool tying tips here that you can use on other flies that incorporate foam. And keep your superglue handy because it helps make the pattern more durable–able to withstand many trout mouths.
Water Walker Variant
Hook: 3X-long nymph hook (here a Dai-Riki #710), sizes 6-10.
Thread: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Tails: Red Krystal Flash, 8-10 strands.
Underbody: Red Ultra Chenille, micro.
Lower foam: Red 2mm craft foam.
Adhesive #1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Middle foam: Black 2mm craft foam.
Adhesive #2: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Underwing: Pearl Krystal Flash, 8-10 strands.
Top foam: Tan 1mm craft foam.
Adhesive #3: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Legs: Black round-rubber legs, small.
Indicator: White Polypropylene floating yarn.
Adhesive #4: Head cement.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, Foam cutters by River Road Creations, whip-finisher.