Published Jan 1. 2002 - 15 years ago
Updated or edited May 1. 2016

The Orange Silver

Simple materials - fancy fly

Silver phesant and orange swan and marabou
A fly which is just a piece of imagination created one evenning in march. I have been fooling around with a plain type of steelhead or salmon flies this last year. These are all signified by simple feather wings and the use of classic materials like floss, tinsel and plain feathers. The Cheapskate Heron and the Cheapskate Green Butt are two examples. The aim of these flies is to make something simple which is yet pleasing to the eye and fishable.

The Silver Orange was a continuation of this line of development. The fly has silver phesant sides which add contrast and orange marabou as a throat hackle. The body is silver tinsel with a double ribbing made from twisted floss.


Here's looking through you, kid.
The tranlucency of the silver phesant feather adds to the overall appearance of the Orange Sliver.


Plain Salmon hook size 1/ or 2/0
Thread Black
Ribbing Black and orange floss
Body Medium silver tinsel
Throat hackle Orange marabou
Cheeks Silver phesant
Wing Orange swan or goose
Head Thread


Preparation of the cheeks.
Top: the 'raw' feathers
Center: plume stripped off
Bottom: symmetrically stripped, ready to tie in

  1. Start the thread over the bent back part of the hook
  2. Tie in the strands of floss under the hook shank
  3. Cover floss and hook shank with a smooth layer of thread to the hook bend
  4. Return the threat to the starting position, again forming a smooth surface
  5. Tie in silver tinsel
  6. Wind the tinsel to the hook bend and back to form a smooth silver body
  7. Untie the thread over the start of the tinsel and tie down both ends of tinsel
  8. Cut surplus tinsel
  9. Twist the orange floss anti clockwise
  10. Wind the twisted strand clockwise over the hook shank 5-6 times
  11. Tie down and cut surplus
  12. Twist the black floss anti clockwise
  13. Wind the black floss closely following the orange
  14. Tie down and cut surplus
  15. Prepare a generous bunch of orange marabou
  16. Tie in the marabou as a large false hackle that reaches just beyond the hook bend
  17. Cut surplus
  18. Prepare two silver phesant body feathers by removing the webby part
  19. Strip barbs on both sides to a length as the tinsel body
  20. Put the feathers together curves out
  21. Remove the lower front barbs on half of each feather
  22. Tie in one feather on each side of the body slanting slightly downwards
  23. Prepare two narrow strips of orange swan or goose
  24. Remember that the right side strip goes on the left side of the fly
  25. Massage the strips to a soft arc
  26. Saddle the cheeks with the strips by pinching the strips over the hook shank and tightning the thread down over the wings. The wings should be long enough to reach a point above the hook bend
  27. Secure the wings with a few tight turns in front of the first one
  28. Form a head, whip finish and varnish

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