Hotwire Golden Stone

2017-05-28 10.54.48The Hotwire Golden Stone is a great freestone pattern, especially in the spring when water conditions can be a bit murky. It is extremely durable and can be tied from sizes 8-16.  It makes a great lead fly in a two-fly nymph rig or as a dropper underneath a big dry fly.

Materials: Tiemco 200R hook, brass bead to match hook size, black Ultra Thread 140, rusty brown goose biot, small gold and black wire, medium pearl tinsel, peacock herl, Hungarian Partidge.

2017-05-28 10.08.03Begin by placing the bead on the hook and making a few wraps of thread behind it to secure it in place.

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Wrap the thread to just behind the point of the hook. Then, make a few wraps of thread at the end point in order to form a small bump at the back of the fly. This will help to keep the goose biots separate later on.

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Select two goose biots to use as the tail. These should be fairly slim and uniform in length and shape.

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Tie in the biots. They key to doing this is to lay them on the sides of the hook rather than on top of the shank. When you wrap over them, they will naturally tend to pinch in against the hook. Wrap the thread back up to the halfway point on the hook shank and trim off the loose ends of the biots.

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Wrap the thread over the biots so there is a smooth base for the wire body. Cut two pieces of gold wire and one piece of black wire about four inches in length. Position them so the ends are relatively aligned.

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Tie in the wire. I like to lay the ends of the wire even with where I trimmed off the ends of the goose biot and then wrap them back toward the tail. This adds some bulk to the body, which is indicative of stoneflies.

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Grab all three pieces of wire at the same time and carefully wrap them forward toward the head of the fly. With each wrap, use your fingernail or bodkin to snug the pieces of wire together so there are as few gaps as possible between each piece. Do not go overboard with this. No trout is going to have time to inspect this fly thoroughly enough to see a few gaps. Relax and just do your best. Remove the excess pieces of wire.

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Tie in a three-inch piece of pearl tinsel.

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Then, tie in three pieces of peacock herl.

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Wrap the peacock toward the head and tie it off just behind the bead.

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Select a single Hungarian Partridge feather of appropriate size. Then, snip out a section out of the top center of the feather to create a notch.

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Lay the feather so the notch is centered over the top of the fly. I like to allow the stem of the feather to just begin to cover the peacock herl.

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Make the first two wraps on the feather very loosely. The feather will have the tendency to spin if you wrap too tightly at first. Then, make two or three more wraps, each one tighter than the last. Trim the excess off when you are finished.

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Pull the tinsel up and over the peacock so that it helps to separate the partridge feathers. Tie it in behind the bead.

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Tie in two more goose biots at the front of the fly in a similar fashion to the ones used for the tail. Trim the excess off as closely as possible.

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Whip finish and apply head cement if desired.

Fish hard. Enjoy.

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