[Video] Little Black Stonefly by Hans Stephenson

Hans Stephenson of Dakota Angler & Outfitters ties an early season Little Black Stonefly in this fly tying video tutorial.

Little Black Stonefly

In the Black Hills of South Dakota the dry fly season starts in earnest with the hatches of little black stoneflies starting in March and continuing to May. If you fish Rapid Creek, Spearfish Creek, and Castle Creek in particular, keep your eye out for this often prolific hatch that fish go crazy over. This little black stonefly pattern will fool even the most selective fish.

Little Black Stonefly Material List

Hook: Diiachi 1100 size 16-20 or TMC 100
Tail: Moose body
Abdomen: Spirit River Fine & Dry March Brown or Nature Spirits’ Emergence Dubbing Charcoal Black
Wing: Grizzly hackle feather or hen feather
Hackle: Black CDC
Head: Same dubbing as above
Antennae: Moose body

Materials for Hans’ Little Black Stonefly are available at Dakota Angler & Outfitters here.

Enjoy!

About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.

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bluetoad2001 says

i’ve sure enjoyed tying this Little Black Stonefly utilizing the most interesting wing you use.
i’ll give some of the Moose hair a go also
thanks again for posting these excellent videos
buzz

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yourmotherFer says

@bluetoad2001 dye that moose black and tie up some midges with it, wrap it as a body. They kick ass.

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bluetoad2001 says

what vise are you using?

i have plenty moose hair so i will start tying this pattern

all good

buzz

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yourmotherFer says

How well does that thing float? not to well i would imagine. Not in riffle water anyways. Probably have to gink the crap out of it!! Really nice pattern though. Great tie. Keep it up!!

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chronis420 says

Nice tie, good stuff.

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LilDas187 says

i like what you did to get the wing like that

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hansrcsd says

That is indeed a LAW Bench Vise. Best purchase I have ever made. Thanks for watching. Going to start on a bunch of new videos soon

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Loopoptiman says

Is that a law waldron vise? Great tying!!

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hansrcsd says

Thanks- more videos will premier soon

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nebe9381 says

Great use of material with the pseudo hackle! I feel that you have some of the most informative videos on youtube, thanks for the continued instruction.

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