April 2020 Fly - Rusty Rat
This is an old favorite hair wing pattern.
The pattern is from Poul Jorgensen's book Salmon Flies Their Character, Style, and Dressing.
Red Thread 6/0
Tag: Lagartun Fine oval gold tinsel
Tail: Peacock sword fibers
Body: Rear half yellow/gold floss, front half peacock herl
Ribbing: Lagarten small oval gold tinsel
Veiling: yellow floss over rear body to middle of the tail
Wing: Gray fox
Hackle: Grizzly hen hackle, wound as collar after the wing is tied in.
Head: Red finished with clear Cellire
Tying tip: use 3 strands of peacock for the front half of the body. Tie them in by the tips. Use your thread like a dubbing loop and use a hackle plier (I like a light plastic wire tester one for this) spin the hackle plier gently so you have a little rope of peacock. Wind forward.
You can also change the color of your floss to make the other variations of this pattern.
March 2020 Fly -
Tied on a Veniard 1/0 TG Salmon hook.
Tag- oval silver tinsel-small
1st body section black floss
2nd body section purple ice dub
Body hackle dyed purple blue ear pheasant or Spey hackle of your choice. Tied in by the tip before the dubbing. Wound after the body rib.
Ribbing- oval silver tinsel from Lagartun
Throat- two turns of teal.
Wings- four purple rooster hackles. 2 from each side of cape and mounted on top.
Cheeks- Small Jungle Cock
Tying tip- strip off one side of the body hackle to keep the fly sparse.
I have had success with this pattern for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY
February 2020 Fly - My Funny Valentine
Brooch pin of your choice
Tip-Red medium oval tinsel from Lagarten
Tail-Red dyed golden pheasant Crest
Butt- white ostrich herl.
Rib- small oval gold Lagarten tinsel
Body- red silk floss
Troat- Silver pheasant
Wing- Red & white Nature's Spirit select goose shoulder.
This is a fun tie that I did in honor of Valentine's day. You can have lots of fun varying colors or even change the wing and make a hair wing version.
Tying tip- I use a bobbin to wind in the silk. Normally, I like to wrap silk by hand but it's difficult to do with the brooch pin. If you hold the bobbin at an angel and use the free hand to keep the silk from sliding it wraps much easier.