Starling & Orange

Another favorite wet fly.

Hook: Favorite wet fly hook

Thread: Orange 6/0

Thorax: Hare’s mask

Hackle: Starling

Attach thread at midpoint of hook, wrap back to hook point, back forward to 1/4 length of shank behind eye, then wrap back again to point above the barb, then return to front of wraps. If care is taken to keep the thread laying down flat (by occasionally counter-spinning the bobbin), a smooth body will result. At this point I whip finish, then coat the thread body with Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails. I usually tie up several bodies, give to coats of Sally’s and let them dry.

Select a hackle with barbules approx. 1 1/2 time hook gap. Reattach the thread at front of the body, then wrap forward, leaving just enough room behind the eye to wrap off the head. Pull a few pinches of fur from a hare’s mask. Wax the tying thread, and touch dub the hare’s fur along about 3/4 inch of thread. Wrap a few turns to build a shoulder. Tie the hackle in by the butt, then wrap thread back to the front of the body and Make two tight wraps of hackle, then palmer two more back to the thread. Tie down the hackle with two wraps and clip off the excess. Make a quick whip finish and cut thread. A couple coats of Sally’s on the head, and your done.