The Rogue Stone is a product of fellow Umpqua Fly Designer, Jack Schlotter. This pattern has become the hot fly for our western salmonfly hatches on rivers like the Gunnison and Colorado. I have added this pattern because it is one that so many people ask about and because it is a little tough to figure out empirically. The unique extended foam body provides excellent floatation and good durability. The original pattern features a sheet foam underwing that I have replaced with Web-Wing. The underwing has just never made sense to me. I mean, the elk hair imitates the fluttering wings while the foam wing imitates the…? The Web-Wing was added to keep the pattern a little closer to standard, but to be honest; I would leave it off altogether on my own patterns.
So, here’s the tutorial for tying the famous Rogue Stone. It is actually really fun to tie after you get the hang of it and is such a great pattern that you certainly want to have a few in the box.