A much loved classic salmon fly we are tying a Silver Wilkinson tube fly - hair wing version using a mixture of opossum pelt, marble fox tail and shadow fox pelt to shape a lovely light contrasting wing profile.
Fly tying step by step video
Materials and tools from Future Fly
Materials and video link to step by step:
0:15 Fl.Magenta 3mm plastic tube
0:23 Clear 1.8mm plastic tube
0:37 Silver 6mm tungsten balance tube
0:45 White FF nano GSP thread 12/0 - 50D
1:32 Silver mach II flatbraid
2:12 Silver grey signature dubbing
3:35 Magenta pink north american opossum pelt
4:49 Ice ice ice FF star flash
5:11 Pink grizzly FF american hen saddle
6:19 King fisher blue marble fox tail
7:38 Ice ice ice FF star flash
8:09 King fisher blue grizzly FF american hen saddle
9:21 Grey shadow fox pelt
10:30 Jungle cock
11:32 Silver 4mm FF nano ufo disc
FF Tube vice
FF Tube vice needle medium
FF Standard Bobbin
FF Hackle Tool
FF Lightweight scissors
FF Multi needle
Step by step article:
Step 1: Cut a 3mm outer tube to length with 6mm less to fit the tungsten balance tube. Then melt a 1.8mm liner tube slightly to create a small burr then fit inside the outer tubing, the burr will make the fit tighter and more secure.
Step 2: Add the tube to your vice needle then add a small drop of super glue to the liner tube and slide on the 6mm tungsten balance tube.
Step 3: Wrap the thread onto the outer tube tightly to increase the fit to the liner tube and work forward to the metal tube then using a criss cross X pattern wrap the thread over both plastic and metal tubes until you can wrap the thread over both without the parts separating, the glue underneath will set as you tie the fly.
Step 4: Tie in a piece of silver Mach II flatbraid and wrap up the body just slightly over the metal tube, leaving space for some dubbing and the underwing.
Step 5: Add some silver grey signature dubbing to the body until the dubbing is twice as fat the tubing, then brush out from all angles and finally brish backwards over the fly body, taper trim to length if needed. Leave a couple mm for the underwing and first hackle.
Step 6: Take a piece of magenta pink north american opossum pelt fur preferably stiffer shiny hair and tie in with the tips facing forward, then fold back and tie in again. Take a couple strands of ice ice ice star flash (one mylar, one krinkle) tie in mid way then fold back and tie in again.
Step 7: Next tie in a pink grizzly FF american hen saddle on to the last part of the metal tube then wrap the hackle over the metal tube and down onto the liner tube.
Step 8: Prepare a piece of king fisher blue marble fox tail by choosing a bulky piece with plenty of guard hairs and strip out 50% of the underfur, this will give you a slim but lively looking wing. Tie down with the tips facing forward then fold back and tie down again, spread the fibres fairly wide across the tube as we are going to shape the fly with a short overwing. Tie in 2 more strands of ice ice ice star flash (one mylar, one krinkle) tied in mid way then fold back and tie in again.
Step 9: For a front hackle choose a slightly smaller hackle from king fisher blue grizzly FF american hen saddle, this will give the fly a gradient appearance tapering off. 1 or 2 less wraps than the first hackle as well so as not to overdress the fly.
Step 10: Next to finish the shape and continue the tapering of the guard hair fibres take piece of Grey shadow fox pelt pelt with plenty of guard hairs and strip out 25% of the underfur, we want this wing to be a bit bulkier than last to create the shape. Tie in with the tips facing forward then fold back and tie in again, spread the wing fairly wide but less than the middle wing, use your eyes to see how the wing shapes, it may look a little too much, brush it back into all the wings then choose to strip some out if overdressed.
Step 11: Tie in jungle cock cheeks either side, I like them to be about the length of the body, same as the hackles. fold back the stems and tie in again to ensure they wont slip.
Step 12: Add a silver 4mm FF nano ufo disc with a little super glue, then cut away the excess liner tube to about 2-3mm from the disc and melt down with a lighter. Whilst still hot press the tube hard onto a flat surface to reduce the size and tighten to the disc, open up the hole with your dubbing needle if it closes.
Just add water!