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The Early Stoneflies ...

“Heard of a van that’s loaded with weapons, packed up and ready to go. Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway. A place where nobody knows.” If you struggle to get into a groove tying flies you might want to spin some Talking Heads songs. It works. So does this little early stonefly pattern I call the “Early Black”. While my first love in my fly fishing life is cracking the code and casting imitative dry flies, there’s a really great vibe to fishing these North Country Spider type patterns, and as the years go by I find myself fishing them more and more and they are pretty good medicine for this pre-spring hatch. On those days when you can’t get in the water you might want to listen to some Heads and tie a few up. My fly box is loaded with weapons and ready again for the next day of fishing. I will no doubt be tying one of these on when I get there. “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco... This ain’t no fooling around…..”    


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