This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph.
Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph was created by Randall Kaufmann in the early 1990’s. I first found the fly in the classic book entitled Tying Nymphs (1994) by Kaufmann. It was listed as the Kaufmann Golden Stone, Rubber Legs. The write-up described the Golden Stone version, along with the Kaufmann Black Stone, Bead-Head Rubber Legs. This version has a date of 1992 beside the fly pattern sheet.
Tying Nymphs and it’s companion Tying Dry Flies were two important books for me in my early fly tying years. I poured over both those books and tied many of the flies listed in them.
Several other TBT flies were from these books and include Swannundaze Midge, Janssens Damsel Nymph, Olive Thorax, Dougs Damsel Nymph, Brassie, Metallic Caddis, and Matt’s Fur.
This is still a very effective nymph to imitate the large Salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica).
This was first tied in 1973 and his book American Nymph was also published shortly after.
Thanks for the correction Joe. I have the earlier book, but guess I didn’t check it.