Orange Twist

Stream flies for sea trout and steelhead

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

This fly used to be a twist fly like the yellow Twist of Lemon, but it changed and eventually lost the typical twisted body. It has a normal tinsel body and a thorax of peacock herl, but looks much like the Twist of Lemon.


Hook 6-2 Bartleet salmon fly hook Twisted body
The tinsel body, butt and tag

Thread Red, orange or black
Tag Narrow flat silver tinsel
Butt Red wool
Rib Oval silver tinsel
Body Flat silver tinsel
Thorax Peacock herl
Hackle Orange hen hackle
Head Red, orange or black

  1. Cover the hook shank with a smooth layer of thread. Let the thread hang down to reach the hook point
  2. Tie in a strip of narrow silver tinsel and wind it to reach a point above the point of the barb and back
  3. Tie down and cut surplus
  4. Tie in a strip of gold tinsel for the rib
  5. Cover the tying in point with redd wool
  6. Wind the thread forwards, form a smooth foundation of thread for the body
  7. Tie in the silver tinsel
  8. Wind it to the tag and back in touching turns
  9. Cut surplus
  10. Tie in 5 strands of peacock herl
  11. Wind thread forwards
  12. Form a thick thorax from the peacock herl
  13. Tie in an orange hackle, tip first and hackle stem upwards
  14. Wind the hackle clockwise in wet fly style, folding it over and stroking barbs to the rear of the hook
  15. 2-3 turns will suffice depending on the hackle
  16. Tie down and cut surplus
  17. Form a nice, small head from tying thread
  18. Whip finish and varnish

User comments
From: Derek · Urbanflyman·at·  Link
Submitted April 7th 2009

i really like this fly ,simple and i bet effective ,i look forward to using it during the summer nights on my local.
i will let you know how i get on with it.

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