Video: How to Tie the Stonefly Creeper

Preston Jennings lived in Brooklyn, New York, and spent a lot of time fly fishing in the Catskills. His 1935 A Book of Trout Flies is considered one of the first serious attempts to connect the science of entomology with fly tying. Most anglers know Jennings through his American March Brown and Grey Fox patterns, but his books are full of wondeerful flies that have caught trout for more than 80 years.

In his latest how-to video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows us how to tie a lesser-known Jennings fly, the Creeper Stonefly. This slim nymph is an impressionistic imitation of the golden stoneflies that inhabit many freestone streams across the country.

          Stonefly Creeper
          Hook: 2X-long nymph hook (here, a Dai-Riki #730), sizes 10-12.
          Thread: Wood Duck, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Tail: Natural pheasant-tail fibers.
          Body: Golden Stone Australian possum dubbing.
          Collar: Medium dun hen hackle.
          Wing: Wood duck feather.
          Head: Wood duck tying thread.
          Adhesive: UV-cure resin.

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