Miss Ring

Stream flies for sea trout and steelhead

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

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 by the Killwell style. The maiden name Ring comes from the fact that it's wings are body feathers from a ring neck phesant.
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.
Twisted body
Miss Ring has
a ribbed floss body.

Hook Size 2 double heavy wire down eye
Thread Black
Rib Oval silver tinsel
Body Black floss
Wing Two green/metallic ringneck phesant 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

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