Published Jul 20. 2013 - 8 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 28. 2020

#54-2013 - Railbird

Railbird - Jon Harrang Tied by: Jon Harrang Originated by: John Benn Source: Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies (1979),Trey Combs, Pg. 102 Hook:...

#54-2013 Railbird - Jon Harrang #54-2013 Railbird - Jon Harrang


Tied by: Jon Harrang
Originated by: John Benn
Source: Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies (1979),Trey Combs, Pg. 102

Hook: Partridge CS17 #4
Thread: Black Benecchi 12/0
Tail: Lady Amherst pheasant crest or golden pheasant crest dyed red
Body: Claret dubbing
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Hackle: Claret saddle hackle
Wing: Grey squirrel or grey fox tail hair
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Collar: Yellow saddle hackle
Head: Black

Notes: For this submission, Jon dived into the steelhead history books to bring us this classically styled west coast streamer. It is believed that the pattern was first tied around 1900 for California's storied Eel River by John Benn (1838 - 1907). The traditional featherwing version of the pattern uses strips of black and white barred teal flank for the wing. This fly definitely calls for more on-stream research, and Jon has been hard at work creating a fleet of Railbirds to throw into the Oregon whitewater this fall.
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Lovely work, a winner.

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The colour scheme on this streamer compliment each other wonderfully. Love it...

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