Published Jan 1. 1997 - 19 years ago

Miss Ring

The name and appearance of this fly owes a bit to the New Zealand Mrs. Simpson flies in which a couple of feathers are roofed on each side of the fly. These flies are also known as Killer flies or tied in the Killwell style.

The name and appearance of this fly owes a bit to the New Zealand Mrs. Simpson flies in which a couple of feathers are roofed on each side of the fly. These flies are also known as Killer flies or tied in the Killwell style. The maiden name Ring comes from the fact that it's wings are body feathers from a ring neck pheasant.
This fly is a combination of these N.Z. flies and some of the classical Danish stream flies for seatrout. It easily resembles a big moth or even a large caddis, but also has this aura of general 'fishability'. It's tied on a large, heavy, double hook which together with the wings will dive the fly deep into the stream.

Hook Size 2 double heavy wire down eye
Thread Black
Rib Oval silver tinsel
Body Black floss
Wing Two green/metallic ringneck pheasant body feathers
False hackle Ringneck phesant grey/green rump feather barbules
Hackle Furnace or badger
Head Black
  1. Cover the hook shank with a smooth layer of black thread. Let the thread hang down to reach the hook point
  2. Tie in a strip of silver tinsel for the rib
  3. Work the thread forwards to a point one eye width behind the hook eye
  4. Tie in the black floss
  5. Wind the floss in a smooth layer down to the bend of the hook and back again
  6. Tie down and cut surplus
  7. Wind the ribbing forwards in 5 open turns
  8. Tie down and cut surplus
  9. Select two pheasant body feathers and strip the webby part plus a little to get a suitable length. The wing should be short and wide.
  10. Mount the wings to form a roof over the body, dull side to dull side on top of the hook
  11. Turn the hook upside-down and tie in the false hackle. This should be shorter than the wing
  12. Tie in the hackle, tip first, shiny side out, and hackle stem upwards
  13. Wind the hackle clockwise in wet fly style, folding it over and stroking barbs to the rear of the hook
  14. Tie down and cut surplus
  15. Form a small head
  16. Whip finish and varnish

The ringneck pheasant has a very beautiful skin with many useful feathers. It's inexpensive, and even though it's rarely used in well known fly patterns, it's a good investment. It can be highly recommended to any experimental fly tyer.
The feathers for Miss Ring are found on the lower back and rump of the skin between the wings. The large picture (right) shows most of a skin while the small picture shows where to look for the wings (upper small circle) and the false hackle feathers (lower, larger circle).

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