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/ Black / floss / Pheasant / Red / Seal /
tied by Marty Howard
Fly Type: Spey,
Target Species: Steelhead,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Hook: 3/0 silver Alex Jackson
Thread: 6/0 primrose, black 6/0 to finish head
Tip: fine silver oval (3 turns)
Tag: Red silk floss
Tail: gold pheasant crest veiled with small red feather
Body: three different shades of red seal
Rib: flat pearl Mylar followed buy silver oval
Body: red hackle started at the second turn of ribbing
Collar: dyed black pheasant rump followed by a few turns of dyed red guinea
Wing: Four dyed red hackle tips.
Tying Instructions: This fly was inspired by Dec Hogan’s Mahoney. Red is fast becoming a very confident color for me in both winter and summer patterns. Hackle tip wings are relatively easy to set but only if you have the right material. I have found you have to buy full dyed necks to find feathers with the right curve. I take two feathers off of each side to form the wing.
Step #1: tie in the oval tinsel at the bend and chase it down the bend with the tying thread. Take three turns with the tinsel and secure and return the thread to the starting point.
Step #2: the tag, go down and back with the floss making sure you butt up against the tip.
Step #3: the tail, secure G.P. crest and veiling
Step #4: secure ribbing, first the oval then the flat Mylar
Step #5: dub 1/3 of the body, secure body hackle, and then finish dubbing the body
Step #6: secure collar, I fold the pheasant rump as I make the turns. I strip one side of the guinea to make it a little sparser.
Step #7: set the wing.
Presentation Tips: Cast, mend, swing
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