Hook: Double size to suit water conditions. This has been tied on a Ken Sawada size 8.
Tag: Gold oval tinsel small or fine depending on the size of hook.
Rib: Gold oval tinsel small or fine depending on the size of hook.
Body: Black floss.
Hackle: Tied as a collar or beard depending on the height of water. The sample shown has a doubled collar Hackle.
Wing: Mixed black red and yellow bucktail or squirrel hair. The hair used depends on the flow of water as it will affect the way the fly fishes. i.e. strong current stronger hair e.g. bucktail.
The sample shown is tied with bucktail.
Firstly attach your tying silk to the hook with a jam knot and take it to the rear of the hook shank.
Wind backwards in four touching turns to create your tag. Now draw the oval tinsel under the hook and back up in between the two hook points and back over the hook shank and tie in up towards the eye with open turns of silk.
This will do two things. 1. It will ensure that all material that the tag holds back will be secure. 2. It will ensure you maintain an even underbody on the hook shank.
Attach the silk floss and wind on the body in even touching turns and tie off with the tying thread. Now wind on the oval rib in open turns no more than five. Tie off and remove waste.
To build a mixed colour hair wing you have to now decide what hair you are going to tie with.
I have used bucktail in this one.
The mixture is half black and a quarter each of red and yellow bucktail. I mix these colours by hand so that you do not get a block of any particular colour.
Now once you have gathered enough to make a single wing half it as inevitably you will have too much material. I give this advice to anyone even if they have been tying salmon flies for a while as it is always easier to add than take away.
Salmon flies need to have plenty of movement and look translucent in water. Remember though the fish normally look up and through the fly.
Now tie the bunch of hair on top of the shank with an initial pinch and loop and two further turns of silk.
This is the strongest method that I know of for securing a hair wing properly. If you want to test it then tie a fly the way I have described above and then one without locking turns. Then take hold of the ends of the wing hairs and pull and see how many come free from each. The choice, of course, is yours but watch out for the fly police!!!!!!!