Published Mar 3. 2021 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Mar 3. 2021

Red Tag Copper Salmon

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Martin Joergensen
Pattern type: 
Modern salmon fly
Skill level/difficulty: 
  1. Start the thread in the front the hook shank, leaving space for hackle and head.
  2. Cut a piece of red yarn. Double it depending on thickness.
  3. Tie it in in the front of the hook shank and cover it in close wraps to the hook bend over the barb.
  4. Tie in the rib under the hook.
  5. Return the thread to the tie in point in close turns.
  6. Trim the yarn so that the tail reaches the hook bend.
  7. Brush the yarn open and fluffy with a Velcro stick.
  8. Tie in 6-8 peacock herl and cover the butts in close turns down to the tail.
  9. Return the thread to the front.
  10. Wrap the herl in touching turns to form an even body.
  11. Tie down and trim the surplus.
  12. Counterwrap the rib over the body in 6-7 open turns.
  13. Tie down and trim surplus.
  14. Prepare a red hackle by removing the fluffy barbs.
  15. Tie in by the stem, curved side forward and wrap 2-3 times forming a swept back collar.
  16. Tie down and trim.
  17. Prepare a brown hackle by removing the fluffy barbs.
  18. Tie in by the stem, curved side forward and wrap 2-3 times forming a swept back collar right in front of the first one.
  19. Tie down and trim.
  20. Cover the bases of the front hackle with some tight turns to get it to sweep back.
  21. Form a head, whip finish and trim thread.
  22. Varnish the head 2-3 times to form a glossy and smooth surface.
single salmon, like Partridge Patriot, #4
8/0 black
Red wool yarn
Narrow copper tinsel
6-8 peacock herl
Front hackle(s)
One red and one light brown cock hackle, barb length as hook length
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