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This is a variation of Andy Wrens Silk Cut Shrimp. It’s only a variation because when I came to select the hackle I discovered I hadn’t any purple hackles left! :-[ However the tying process is the same so I decided to post anyway. After tying it I thought it would make a good Steelhead pattern.
This is not a popular pattern in my neck of the woods. Purple just doesn’t work on Southern Scottish salmon (normally) but it has a reputation further north, particularly for springers.


Instructions assume right-handed tyers.


HOOK – Partridge Salar Double #7
THREAD – Black 6/0
TAIL – Purple Bucktail + a few strands of pearly Chrystal Hair.
BODY – Flat Pearl
WING – Purple Golden Pheasant Tippet
HACKLE – Red Cock (Purple on the original)

STEP 1
Mount the hook in the vice and attach the thread.

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STEP 2
Tie in a fairly long sparse tail.

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STEP 3
Tie in a couple of strands of Chrystal Hair. I loop it round the thread as shown which gives it added strength.

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STEP 4
Take the thread back to the shoulder of the fly and tie in the flat Pearl tinsel.

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Then wrap to the tail and back to form the body. You can varnish the thread before winding for added strength and also the body after wrapping.

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STEP 5
Mount the wing. Keep it low to the body.

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And parallel.

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STEP 6
Double the hackle and tie in.

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Then wrap and tie off.

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STEP 7
Finally whipfinish and varnish for the completed fly.

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And now with the proper hackle.

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can you have a double shank hook in BC?

 

You can tie it on singles too strangelady :unsure: Or tubes/waddingtons.

The most important point to get right is the wing. Make sure it is flat and parallel, or it'll swim like a wobble spoon!

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