Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Chubby Chernobyl.

Chubby Chernobyl - Golden Stone |

And a real Golden Stone.

Golden Stone Adult |

It’s hard to understand why this fly is so effective. I don’t think it looks much like a stonefly, but the fish do and that’s all that counts! Try it in PURPLE…really!

Chubby Chernobyl - Purple |



Daiichi 1260 or 1280, TMC 2302 #8


Danville 6/0, tan or orange


Pearl Krystal Flash


Golden Stone Ice Dub topped with pre-cut 2 mm foam


Brown rubber or Flex Floss


White poly or sparkle emerger yarn


  1. Start thread on hook and wind backwards to 50% point.
  2. Tie in a half dozen strands of Krystal Flash and continue wrapping back to barb. Fold strands back to form fuller tail and wind to barb.
  3. Dub a thick body from hook barb to hook point.
  4. Prepare foam by cutting slightly rounded butt with dimensions approximately 1 1/4 ” x 1/4”. Ensure foam is long enough to extend past hook eye.
  5. Tie in foam with several firm thread wraps.
  6. Tie on a 3 inch long hunk of poly wing in the middle of the foam. Secure firmly with thread wraps. Pull forward section back to create fuller wing.
  7. Tie on legs on each side of the foam (not on the dubbed body) to form rear legs.
  8. Cover thread wraps used to tie in legs and rear wing with dubbing.
  9. Pull foam, legs, and wings back and continue to dub forward to 1/4 point.
  10. Pull foam forward over body and tie down with several firm thread wraps.
  11. Tie on a 3 inches long hunk of poly wing in the middle of the strand.
  12. Tie in another set of legs.
  13. Pull wings back and cover with dubbing.
  14. Pull foam back and whip finish behind hook eye.
  15. Trim wings by pulling both sets straight up. Trim about shank length long.
  16. Trim legs so each set is about length of body.

Be sure to check out my post – Chubby Chernobyl Fly Patterns for more color combinations to match the real bugs.

Lastly, here is a link to my RiverKeeper Flies YouTube channel showing how I tie the Chubby Chernobyl Purple.

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