Golden Stonefly

Beginner Fly Tying a Hemingway Golden Stonefly with Jim Misiura

Check out Jim’s fly tying video showing his Hemingway Golden Stonefly as part of his Beginner series. Great video. Watch, try yourself, share. Thanks, Jim.


To tie Jim Misiura’s Hemingway Golden Stonefly, you need the following:

Realistic Stonefly Wings - Gray - Large
Hemingway’s Realistic Stonefly Wings – Gray
Tube Body - Attractors - Yellow
Tube Body – Attractors – Yellow
Realistic Soft Legs - Golden Yellow
Realistic Stonefly Nymph Soft Legs – Golden Yellow
VEEVUS Thread 16-0 A12 Light Cahill
Veevus 16/0 Thread in Light Cahill
Hemingway's H118 Curved Nymph Fly Hooks
Hemingway’s H118 Hooks


  • Start by threading the tube body on the hook all the way to the end, leaving a bit of space just behind the eye.
  • Place the hook with the body on the vise.
  • Start wrapping the thread, start right behind the eye and go all the way to the edge of the body.
  • Add a little bit of cement on and then slide the body back into the position.
  • Secure the body with a few wraps of thread.
  • Trip off the extra rubber material from both ends of the legs.
  • Put the legs on top of body, using the little channel to fit them snugly ( you can put some super glue on the body before putting the legs on top).
  • Wrap the legs, securing them on top, adding a few wraps between middle legs. End the thread between first and second legs.
  • Take stonefly wings, one by one, using the tie-down tab at the end, position the straight side of the wing to the outside and secure it with thread. Repeat with second wing. Do a few cross-overs around the front legs to secure them well.
  • Take some elk hair, about 3/4 of of the length of the wings, cut it off, remove loose hair and put it in a hair stacker.
  • Pull it out of the hair stacker so the curve of the hair points down.
  • Size it, keeping it to about the middle, wrap them on carefully around the front legs, bring the thread in front of the legs.
  • Pull hair back and wrap it right at front, tying it securely.
  • Finish it off with a whip finisher.
  • Grab the hair on the head carefully so you do not grab the legs, using scissors trim it on an angle.
  • Put some head cement to the bottom and….you’re done!

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