Clarke’s Floating Stonefly pattern tied by Barry Ord Clarke

Clarke’s Floating Stonefly

The 2022 German Fly Tying Championship 

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In cooperation with EWF I have made a the step by step tying instructions for ‘Clarke’s Floating Stone’ the pattern for the 2022 German Fly Tying Competition. If I find time I will also make a video, of this pattern and post it here. In the meantime this should be enough to get you started.

Clarke’s Floating Stonefly pattern

  • Hook: Mustad C53 # 6 Or a Daiichi 1270
  • Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Olive
  • Tails: 2 Olive brown Goose biots
  • Body: Moose mane hair two brown one Olive Or two stripped hackle stems one light one dark
  • Wings: 2 Coq De Leon hackles tied wonder wing style
  • Over wing: Coq De Leon fibres
  • Thorax: Olive brown dubbing
  • Hackle: Grizzle dyed brown
  • Eyes: Melted plastic 
  • Antenna: Moose body hairs Or two dark stripped hackle stems tips

Clarke’s Floating Stonefly – step by step

1.Secure your hook in the vice with the hook shank horizontal.

Clarke’s Floating Stonefly step 1

2.Run a foundation of tying thread along the hook shank as shown.

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3.Tie in two olive/ brown goose biots for the tail.

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4.Tie the biots down along the whole length of the abdomen. This will help build up the under body.

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5.Tie in the three moose mane hairs tight into the tail base. Using your tying thread wrap a slight taper on the body finishing at the abdomen with your tying thread.

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6.Now wrap the moose mane hairs over the abdomen. Take care to keep the hair parallel so they don’t twist over each other. Make a small amount of dubbing on the thorax as the wing base.

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7.Select two large Whiting CDL hackles of the same size.

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8.Strip away all the downy barbules from the base of the hackles. Trim off the thickest part of the hackle stem.

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9.You will now need a UV resin bottle nozzle, cut 3mm or so from the end of the nozzle so the opening is large enough for the CDL hackle to pass through it.

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10.Towards the tip of the CDL hackle fold back the barbules as shown to form the first wonder wing.

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11.Now feed the hackle into the nozzle as shown, this will help hold the hackle in place when tying it in.

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12.Tie in the first wing at a slight angle. It helps here if you apply a little tying wax to your thread.

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13.Now you can carefully cut away the CDL hackle stem, taking care to leave all the other CDL fibres over the hook eye.

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14.Now repeat the wing procedure and tie in the second wing.

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15.You can now carefully trim away the excess CDL fibres from the wing tips, then wrap your thread forward too a position just behind the hook eye.

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16.Fold all the CDL fibres back over the wonder wings to form the over wing as shown. Tie down.

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17.You will now need a little black melt glue to make the eyes.

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18.Take a short piece of monofilament and slightly burn the end. Cut a tiny piece of black melt glue and stick it on the end of the monofilament.

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19.Using a lighter carefully melt the glue with a lighter to form the eye. Repeat and make the second eye. Place to one side for later.

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20.Take two moose body hairs and tie these in over the thorax for the antenna.

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21.Tie in the eyes one at a time on each side of the hook eye.

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22.Select a brown dyed grizzle hackle and tie in tight to the over wing.

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23.Take a pinch of a natural spiky brown/olive dubbing and dub the thorax, forward towards the eyes.

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24.Wrap your hackle in tight even turns over the thorax fishing tight behind the eyes. Tie off the hackle.

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25.Trim away the surplus hackle, whip finish and give the head a drop of varnish, to finish off – Clarke’s Floating Stone. 

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26.Birds eye view.

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