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Anatomy of A Salmon Fly




by Steve Schweitzer

Although each salmon fly pattern may call for its' own proportions and components, the following diagram and table identifies the standard anatomy and proportions used in salmon fly tying. Understanding proper proportions is essential to world-class salmon fly tying. (see also The Salmon Fly Proportion, Design & Layout Guide)

SALMON FLY PROPORTION CHART
Tag With the hook shank parallel to the tying surface, the tag starts at the barb point and proceeds to the hook point. The tag may consist of several materials such as tinsel and floss.
Tail Length is 1-1/2 of the hook gape, Height is 1/2 to equal of the hook gape
Tail Veiling Length is 1/2 of the tail
Butt Typically 3-5 wraps of material: osterich, dubbing, etc.
Body From the butt to 1 hook-eye length back from the head
Ribbing Generally, palmered tinsel or floss; 5 wraps from butt to head
Body Hackle A feather folded over and palmered behind the body ribbing
Main Wing Length is from the head to where the topping & roof meet the tail, not to exceed out of the borders of the two
Roof Length is from the head to the tailing, height is approx. equal to 1/2 to 3/4 hook gape
Topping Length is from the head to the tip of the tailing, height is approx. equal to one hook gape.
Shoulder(s) Length is approx 2/3 of main wing, or to the butt
Cheek(s) Length is generally 1/2 of shoulder
Horns Length equal to intersection of topping and tailing
Throat Length is just a smidgen longer than the body palmered hackle extending to 1/2 the distance from the hook eye and hook point
Throat Veiling Length is max to the length of the throat, sparsely tied
Head Evenly tapered and not grossly large. The smaller the better. Finish with gloss coat on thread-based heads.



User comments
From: James Francisco · rjfrancisco·at·msn.com  Link
Submitted December 31st 2006

Hello,
Could you tell me what spey fly uses Merganzer and Cermerrains feathers.
Thanks nice sight.


GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted October 28th 2005

Hava,

Something better to do... meaning...?
Something aside from doing The Global FlyFisher or articles on salmon fly anatomy?

How about fishing? ;-)
We do that a lot!

Martin


From: Hava  Link
Submitted October 28th 2005

Very, nice, i got much needed infomation, but really, you guys need somthing better to do. Dont you think?



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