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Queen of the Waters

Wet Fly:

Hook:                         Mustad 3906 (size 10 - 16)

Thread:                      Cream or Primrose 6/0

Tail:                            Mallard flank fibers

Rib:                             Fine flat gold tinsel

Palmer Rib:               Golden ginger hackle palmered through body as a folded hackle with two extra turns for a collar area

Body:                          Orange floss

Wing:                          Mallard flank fibers

 

1.               Tie in the thread one eye length behind the eye and wrap back to the point of the barb of the hook.

2.               Tie in approximately 8 to 12 mallard flank feather fibers as a tail approximately 1/2 to 2/3 the shank length and cut off the excess.

3.               Tie in the fine flat gold tinsel rib on the underside of the hook shank.

4.               Tie in the golden ginger hackle, by the tip, on the underside of the hook shank.

5.               Wrap the thread to the the point where the front of the body will end and tie in a 4 to 6 inch piece of orange floss at this point.

6.               Wrap the floss to the rear of the fly and then return to the front of the fly body. Unwrap the tie down thread wraps and then tie down both ends of the floss with several tight thread wraps. Cut off the excess floss. This method reduces the bulk under the front of the body providing a better wing positioning area.

7.               Palmer wind the golden ginger hackle to the front of the body and end with several tight turns of hackle at the front of the body. Tie off the hackle and cut off the excess.

8.               Tie in a small bunch of mallard flank feather fibers as a wing. This section should create a thin wing of rolled or folded feather fibers sticking up at a rather acute angle. The hackle collar of the palmered hackle feather will help hold the wing upright in the correct position.

9.               Wrap a small neat head and whip finish.

Note:   While this is the traditional wet fly pattern, I prefer to fish this greased as a dry fly on the drag free drift and then pull it under the water surface and fish it as a wet fly back towards me.

Dry Fly:

Hook:                         Partridge L3A (size 12 - 16)

Thread:                      Cream or Primrose 6/0

Wing:                          Mallard flank fibers

Tail:                            Golden ginger hackle fibers

Palmer Rib:               Golden ginger hackle palmered through body

Body:                          Orange floss

Hackle:                       Golden ginger

 

1.               Tie in the thread one eye length behind the eye of the hook, wrap back to about the half way point on the hook shank and then wrap forward to about the 1/3 point on the shank behind the eye of the hook.

2.               Tie in a rather large bunch of mallard flank feather fibers, tips forward, in the standard dry fly method. Do not fold or roll the feather fibers before tying in if you plan on splitting the wings as done in the Catskill style of dry fly tying. Cut off the excess butts at an angle.

3.               Wrap the thread back to a point directly over the point of the barb of the hook.

4.               Tie in approximately 12 golden ginger hackle fibers as a tail. The length of the tail should be 1 1/2 to 2 times the length of the hook shank.

5.               Tie in the golden ginger hackle, by the tip, on the underside of the hook shank.

6.               Wrap the thread to a point slightly behind the wing and tie in a 4 to 6 inch piece of orange floss at this point.

7.               Wrap the floss to the rear of the fly and then return to the front tie in point. Unwrap the tie down thread wraps and then tie down both ends of the floss with several tight thread wraps. Cut off the excess floss. This method reduces the bulk under the front of the body.

8.               Palmer wind the golden ginger hackle to the front of the floss body. If the hackle is long enough you can continue wrapping the hackle forward behind and then in front of the winds as a dry fly collar hackle. Tie off the hackle and cut off the excess.

9.               If the palmered hackle is not long enough to form the collar hackle tie in a second hackle at the front of the body behind the wing and wrap the collar hackle behind and in front of the wing. Tie off and cut off the excess.

10.            Wrap a small neat head and whip finish.

 

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Last modified: January 04, 2006

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