Doug Saball - Brook Trout Pattern Feature

By Doug Saball

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Submitted By Doug Saball



HEAD Black Thread
BODY White Floss
RIBBING Flat silver tinsel
WING Yellow calf tail, then 2 Grizzly & 2 Olive hackles
TAIL, MID FIN, & THROAT Married White/ Black/ Orange quill segments.  (could use hair in stead of married wings) White & Black sections are the same width, which is 1/3 to 1/2 Orange width.
COMMENTS I was taught this fly when I was a teen-ager but found the married wings difficult to work with.  So I have tied few of them.

Doug's Comments On Marrying Feathers
Marrying feathers is the process of uniting sections from differently colored wing flight quills, tails or flank feathers.  To produce married wings you need to have a matched pair (one from each side of the bird) of feathers for each color you require.  In order to produce the married wing decide on the number of barbules required for each color to produce a wing of the proper width for the size of fly you are tying.

Take your first color and cut out a group of about ten to fifteen barbules.  Cut out a similar width of the second color.  Even the tips of the two sections and hold the butts of the sections close together between the thumb and first finger of your right hand.  With the thumb and first finger of your left hand, gently stroke the feather sections upward, making the sections adhere to each other.  Take similar sections from all left-hand feathers and form the other wing.  Slide the two sections together so that the barbules lock together.  If you try to marry barbules from opposite sides of the feather you will find that they do not truly interlock and will separate easily).  To separate off the required width of the second color counts up the number of barbules required and slide a darning needle along the joint just above the last barbule required.  This will separate off the required width.  Repeat the process with any other colors required.  Finally when all colors have been married adjust the width of the first color using your needle.  You will find it fairly easy to marry larger widths of feather but if you try this with only one or two barbules  you will have difficulty.


(1) Wrap a layer of white thread along the shank of the streamer hook from behind the eye of the hook to the bend.

(2) Tie in the married tail with 3 loose lops to prevent the married sections from separating.  Continue to tie in the tail with tighter wraps.

(3) Tie in the white floss and silver ribbing.

(4) Wrap the thread toward the eye.

(5) Wrap the floss to form the body to the mid section.

(6) Tie in the mid fin with the same technique that was used for the tail.  Make sure that the fin points in the down direction.

(7) Continue to wrap the floss to form the mid section to the eye, and secure with the thread.

(8) Carefully wrap the tinsel  with five wraps to form the ribbing, and secure it near the eye

(9) Attach the yellow calf's tail underwing so it extends to just above the bend of the hook.

(10)Attach the two grizzly hackle wings flanked with the two olive hackle wings.  This step can also be done Rangeley style by cementing the grizzly and olive hackles before attaching.

(11)Tie in and finish with a black head.

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