Here is the fly pattern sheet for Stalcup’s Stillborn Emerger.
Daiichi 1110, #14 – 22
To match body color
CDC, natural dun
D-Rib or Micro Tubing
Marabou, brown (or ostrich herl)
- Begin thread on hook and create thread base.
- Select 2 CDC feathers and tie down tips with remaining feather over hook eye. Secure tips with several turns of thread.
- Tie in shuck and then D-rib, wrapping backward to hook barb.
- Return thread to CDC tie-off point.
- Tie in hackle.
- Dub body
- Wrap hackle backwards using 2 or 3 turns and tie off.
- Wrap D-rib using touching turns just beyond hook point, tie off and trim. leaving room
- Pull hackle from top and bottom and use pinch to move to side of hook.
- Grab both CDC feathers and pull tightly backwards. Position thumb on top of hook and slide forward a small amout. This will create an “envelope” with the CDC moving around top of hook. Tie off and trim CDC.
- Select 5 or 6 fibers of marabou and trim tip. Tie in at hook tie off.
- Twist marabou around thread to create rope. Take a couple wraps, tie off and cut off excess.
- Whip finish in front of marabou.
- Trim shuck 1/2 length of hook shank.
- Pull or trim hackle fibers from fly bottom, allowing fly to ride flush in the film.
Note: Wrap hackle the standard way or what Shane calls “twisting”, where he twists the hackle around the thread similar to creating a peacock body or thorax where the material is wrapped around the thread to create durability. Use 2 – 3 turns.
Here is a link to Netknots Fly Tying and Shane tying the fly.