The ant recipe was adapted from Ed Sutryn's McMurray Ant. In particular he has simplied its preparation by using foam cyclinders for the body.
The stonefly is a "Masterclass"-type fly which uses a similar construction to what Edwards has in his book (Oliver Edwards: Flytyiers Masterclass). Bill has simplified Edwards' recipe and in fact skipped a step or two to speed things along. After reading one of the stories he sent to me about this fly, I think I'd call it the Up-in-a-Tree Nymph. You'll have to wait for the full story, but the name is sort of a give-away.
There was also in the package an easy-to-tie stonefly using Swannundaze. It's the darker nymph in the photo.
Bill sent me complete instructions and comments, as well as some good story material for these flies. I will be using the flies and his text in the future to create one or more "Flies with a Story" for the Web site.
In the meantime, I thought I'd post a few pictures I took yesterday of these fine flies:
|Swannundaze nymph (left) and Golden Stone nymph (right).|