Kaufmanns Stonefly Nymph

Created by Randall Kaufmann


Imitates a salmonfly nymph. 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.


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 trout indicatoror 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.

HOOK: 5263, sizes 2-6; weighted


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