Fly Tying Tips – Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph

HOOK: 5263, sizes 2-6; weighted 

THREAD: Black 

ANTENNAE: Black turkey biot 

TAIL: Same as antennae 

RIB: Black Schwannundaze 

ABDOMEN: Make a blend of angora goat in various colors to look iridescent; use black purple, claret, red, amber, brown, blue, and orange. Mix 2:1 with black Haretron 

WINGCASES: Three sections of turkey quill. Coat with Flexament and clip to shape before tying 

LEGS: Round black rubber 

THORAX: Same as abdomen 

HEAD: Same as abdomen      


Imitates the nymphs of the salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica). This fly must be fished on the bottom. Period. So weight it heavily under the body, then flatten the weight with pliers. For extra weight, put on a beadhead. Yes, you’re going to lose a lot of flies. 


The rubber legs are optional. Vary colors to match the available insects. Most of the big salmonfly nymphs are black, with some chocolate brown ones. The slightly smaller golden stoneflies are more of a mottled tan; use size 8-12 hooks for them. 

How to Fish

Dead drift on the bottom with an indicator or 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. 

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