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Glenn West: Robotic Stone fly aids sanity

Glenn West: Robotic Stone fly aids sanity


This is the time of year when weather and river conditions make fishing a bit difficult. This is also the time of year when fly tying becomes very important for maintaining sanity.

So let's experiment a bit.

The Robotic Stone is a good pattern for trying some new techniques and slipping outside the normal fly-tying box. It's made of totally synthetic materials, but because of the way it floats and the action provided by its legs, it can be a very productive pattern.

Tying a fly without feathers or fur may seem a sacrilege to some, but give it a try. You might be surprised. And it might even keep you sane at a time when you can't fish.

Robotic Stone

Tying recipe:

Hook: 2 or 3X long in sizes 6 through 12.

Tail: Orange rubber legs tied in a V.

Body: Yellow foam, folded.

Rib: Yellow thread.

Legs: Orange rubber legs tied in an X.

Wing: Brown synthetic wing.

Head: Black foam.

Antennae: Fine black leg rubber.

Thread: Yellow 3/0.

Glenn West has been fly-tying for 50 years, guiding anglers for 25 years and has been creating fly-fishing artwork for 15 years. He can be reached at or through his Web site at


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