Brown Stone Nymph

Brown Stone Nymph

  • By: A. K. Best
  • Photography by: A. K. Best
Brown Stone Nymph Fly

When there is no hatch coming off the water, none is predicted, there hasn’t been one in days and I have the chance to do a little fishing, my favorite go-to fly is the Brown Stone Nymph. I always look for a stretch of water that is boulder-strewn with fast-running water between the rocks. It’s usually the place where some big brown trout are hanging out near the bottom just waiting for a fat, juicy mouthful. The thought process here is: “They have to eat, don’t they?”

I’ll make a dozen or more presentations in a slot between the boulders, being sure my nymph is very near the bottom. I just know there’s a fish down there and I want to cover every square inch of the slot before I move to another. It works so often that it’s one of my secret methods of not getting skunked (although that does occasionally happen). I’m not what you might call a good nymph fisherman, and I’ll change to a dry when I see my first rise, but until then I drown the Brown Stone Nymph.


Hook: Mustad 79580, sizes 4 through 8
Thread: Danville black Monocord
Rib: Danville brown Monocord
Tails: Pair of black goose biots
Shell back: Mottled brown wild turkey tail segment
Body: Brown dubbing
Wing case: Same turkey segment as shell back
Legs: Brown mottled hen back feather
Thorax: Brown dubbing mixed with a little orange

  1. Put the hook in the vise, attach the tying thread and wrap to the end of the shank. Clip off the tag, and tie in lead wire on each side of the hook shank. Liberally lacquer. Dub a small ball at the end of the hook shank and tie in one goose biot on each side of the hook. The length should be one hook gap space.
  2. Tie in the tip of the wild turkey segment (with the shiny side down) immediately in front of the tailing biots and tie in the ribbing thread on the near side of the hook. Leave about one-eighth-inch space between the thread tie in and tailing biots.
  3. Create a meaty looking conical body, fold the shell back forward and reverse wind the ribbing thread. Trim most of the fuzz from the body.
  4. Pull back the turkey feather and tie in the tip of the hen-back feather with the butt to the rear and shiny side down. Dub the thorax to be slightly larger than the shoulder of the body, as seen here.
  5. Carefully fold the hen-back feather forward, tie down with two or three turns of thread and snip off the excess. Carefully fold the turkey shell forward, firmly tie it down, clip off the excess, whip-finish and apply a liberal amount of head lacquer to the thread wraps only. Note: Tie more than just a couple of these patterns because it’s a sure thing that you’re going to lose some on the rocks on the bottom of the stream.