The Mirage Copper Sexy MayStone came about after fiddling with a few other patterns and trying to combine a few elements of different may and stone fly patterns into one. The Sex Stone fly pattern is a popular stone fly pattern up in the Roaring Fork Valley and the only thing that I took was the name. LOL. , The Shimmer Stone was uploaded last year to the fly tying contest held by Feather Craft. I liked the idea of the flash under the Half Round Rib. And the Copper John body is made from, well Copper Wire in a variety of colors so it too gives the fly a bit of shimmer or flash. I was playing around with a few different ideas and this is what I came up with. I really liked the final product. I thought this pattern would work perfect in place of a Copper John or Wired Stone Fly or any other heavy weighted fly. I have a few more ideas creeping into my head for this pattern, to give it some variation, that I will think will pop in the eye of the beholder and lure a few fatties as well.
The Mirage Copper Sexy MayStone
Hook: Nymph Hook any style nymph hook will work.
Bead: Brass or Tungsten
Tail: Goose Biots and pink dubbing (Siman)
Weight: Lead Free - .020 or .015
Body: Brassie Ultra Wire Black and Hot Yellow or Copper Brown and Chartreuse woven over Mirage Opal Tinsel.
WingCase : Siman Magic Shrimp Foil (add some biots for a prince style look to it.)
Thorax: Here I used Jacks Olive Peacock or Rusty Black Squirrel blend
Legs: Partridge or any soft hackle type feathers. Rubber Legs would work as would biots. Depending on how you would like to dress it. Here I chose Partridge.
Check out how the tinsel peaks through the woven wire giving it a bit of nice flash to it. This fly is perfect for the pre stone fly hatch, dirty water, lead fly, or searching pattern. This thing will sink quick and get down fast. Can be fished as a trailer behind a meaty streamer, or used as a lead fly.