Al Lee's CFO Hummer Stone

February 2007




		
	Tier's Name: Al Lee                                   Email: (see roster)

	Date: Feb. 14, 2008                                   Phone: (see roster)


	Fly Originator and History: John Stenerson Idaho's Chief Feather Officer "CFO" 
	

                                        How the Fly is Fished
	Suggested line and leader:
	Depth range: Dry fly presentation.
	Suggested retrieved:  Up and across mending as needed. 
	Comments: The Hummer Stone is an excellent floating stonefly/hopper pattern. 
	It also works well as a strike indicator. 


                                        Fly Material
	Hook make /size / length: Size 6-10, 3XL (TMC 5263, Dia-Riki 710, or equivalent). 
	Thread: size / color / type: Single strand floss fluorescent yellow (or 
  	chartreuse), and fluorescent orange. 
 	Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: No.
	Tail material / size / color: Two biots, ginger or tan.
	Body material / color: Yellow floss. 
	Overbody: Yellow 2mm foam cut in 1/8" strip, approximately 3" long. 
  	Egg sack: Black 2mm foam cut in 1/8" strip, approximately 3" long.  
	Ribbing size / color: None.
	Thorax size / color: Orange floss.   
	Wing: Deer hair                   
	Hackle color: brown/furnace and grizzle
	Head size / color: None.
	Legs:  Rubber (Pumpkin/Black Sili Legs)
	Glue: Water base glue (See step 14). 


                                        Tying Steps

	1.  Put down a yellow floss base, tie in the biots (with the tips pointing 	
	slightly downwards).

	2.  At a point above the  barb, tie on a 1/8" black foam strip facing over 	
	the back of the hook. Tightly wrap the thread over the foam back to the 	
	point above the back of barb. Then bring the foam forward to form a small 	
	egg sack. Wrap the thread over the foam egg sack about three times at the 	
	starting point. Bring the foam strip forward over the top of the shank. 	
	Tightly wrap the  thread over the foam to the 3/4's point of the shank's 	
	length, and cut off the excess foam.

	3. Tie in a brown hackle, and a 1/8 x 3" strip of yellow foam at the hook 	
	bend. Hold material at the hook bend.
	
	4. Wrap a (plump) yellow floss body to 3/4 shank length. Leave the floss hanging.
 
	5. Palmer the hackle to the 3/4 mark, tie off and cut. 
	
	6. Pull the yellow foam over the top of the hook to the to 3/4 mark. Tie off, 
	DO NOT CUT THE FOAM!
	
	7. Tie off the yellow floss and cut. Tie on the orange floss and a grizzle 	
	hackle ready to palmer forward toward the hook eye.

	8. Form an orange floss thorax leaving the floss hanging at the hook eye
	
	9. Palmer the grizzle hackle to the hook eye, tie off and cut the hackle 	
	stem. Do NOT cut the floss.

	10. The yellow foam that you did not cut in step 6 is now pulled over the 	
	grizzle and orange thorax to be tied off as close to the eye as possible. 	
	Do NOT cut the orange floss or the foam. Bring the floss over the top of 	
	the thorax to the 3/4 mark, leaving the foam strip at the eye.
	
	11. Select a small clump of deer hair. Clean and stack. Tie in the wing at 	
	the 3/4  mark. The wing should be approximately the length of the hook shank.

	12. Now pull back the foam strip we left at the hook eye, and secure it with 
	a couple of wraps. Cut off the excess foam about 1/8" above the floss wrap.

	13. Add rubber legs. I like the pumpkin/black Sili Legs, cut an inch or two 
	long. Pull them up under the floss on each side. Put a couple of wraps around 
	the legs, being careful to keep them in the correct position.
	
	14. Whip finish your Hummer Stone at the 3/4 mark. It is much easier to do 	
	this with a long shank whip finisher. Cut the floss and glue with a WATER 	
	BASE GLUE ONLY! Do not use Zap-a-Gap, Super Glue, nail enamel, or any acetate 
	based cement, unless you want to watch the foam on your beautiful fly disappear.
       
	Comments: The level of difficulty, if 1 is easy and 5 is difficult, then 	
	this fly has to be a 6. John Stenerson presents a very challenging pattern. 
	I like to think of it as a pattern not often seen by trout, 	
	Therefore, we must assume it's a good one. Able to fool even the most selective 
	trout into fighting over the privilege of hammering our Hummer Stone. 
	
	Foot note: Remember all your flies do not have to be perfect. They can be 	
	cockeye with imperfections, and still catch trout. Let the fish be your only 
	critic, Enjoy the hobby of tying flies, then go use them with confidence. 
					
	Good Luck, Al Lee