FLY TYING RECIPES
PURPLE WING SOLSTICE
STEELHEAD FLY

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Purple Wing Solstice Steelhead Fly
Purple Wing Solstice Steelhead Fly

Purple Wing Solstice is an "Artistic Steelhead Fly",
but constructed to withstand the rigors of fly fishing.

DIFFICULTY:
Semi-difficult because you need to mount
a set feather wings. Careful detail needs
to be taken when selecting the feathers.

MATERIALS:

THREAD:

 6/0 Black Thread for the head

HOOK:

Alec Jackson's Steelhead Irons
Size 3 or 5
1x Stout / 1x Short
Black Finish

TAIL:

-

TAG:

1/3 Red Tinsel
2/3 Silver Tinsel

BUTT:

Peacock Herl

BODY:

Purple Tinsel
Peacock Herl

RIBBING:

Silver Wire

BEARD Purple Schlappen Hackle

THROAT:

-

UNDER WINGS
Purple Schlappen Hackle
WINGS
Purple Goose Shoulder

CHEEKS:

-

TOPPING
-

HORNS:

-

HEAD:

Black Thread


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
These photos show the steps involved
in the construction of this fly.


Black 6/0 Thread

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Wrap thread the length of the hook shaft

Starting from behind the hook eye, wrap
a base layer of white thread down the shank.

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Tying in the red tinsel section of the tag.
Tags that require multiple materials or
colors are referred to as "Complex Tags"
but not really difficult.

The next step will be tying in the red tinsel
section of the tag. Study the photos to help
determine the proportions. Notice the tag
starts even with the point of the hook. The
red tinsel is 1/3 the length of the tag.

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Tying in the silver tinsel section of the tag.

Use the same technique as when tying in the
rear section of the tag. The front section with
the silver tinsel is 2/3 the total length of the tag.
You can varnish the completed tag for extra shine
and durability if desired, but it is not critical to
the overall integrity of the fly. Usually we build
several several flies at the same time to allowing
the varnish to completely dry while working on the
other flies.

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Tying on the silver wire to be used for the ribbing.

The tie-in point of the wire ribbing should be
under the peacock herl butt to avoid any visible
lumps.

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Tying the peacock herl butt onto the fly

Anybody attempting to tie this fly should have
experience tying peacock herl butts.

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Tying the purple tinsel body section

Wrap the lower 1/2 of the body with purple tinsel
You can varnish the tinsel body for extra shine
and durability if desired, but as with the tag, it
is not critical to the overall integrity of the fly.

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Wrap the ribbing over the tinsel body

After the tinsel has been secured and varnished,
wrap the ribbing five times around the purple tinsel
body section. If you started with the white thread for
the base. then use a whip finish knot and cut it off and
switch to the black. The tie-off point of the ribbing and
positioning of the thread switch over should be under
the peacock herl body section to avoid visible bumps.

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Using peacock herl on the forward section of the body

Build a profile adding extra wraps of the peacock herl
Using a couple of stands of peacock herl together will
save time.

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Wrap and palmer the purple schlappen hackle

Wrap and palmer purple schlappen hackle towards the
rear of the fly.

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Tying on a set of feather wings

Tie on a matched set of purple goose shoulder feather
wings. If you have never tied a set of feather wings on
a fly then purple squirrel hair could be used for the wings
and while not as glamorous, will work effectively well
for fishing purposes.

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Complete the fly with with whip finish knot and varnish

Complete the fly with a whip finish knot and varnish
the head. First apply a coat of thin varnish to soak throughly
into the thread and let dry. Apply a second coat using a thick
varnish for added gloss and dimension.



MATERIALS USED WITH THIS FLY
PEACOCK HERL

SCHLAPPEN HACKLE
GOOSE SHOULDER FEATHERS
FLY TYING TINSEL
FLY TYING THREAD
FLY TYING HOOKS

TECHNIQUES AND ADVICE
TYING TINSEL TAGS
TYING A COMPLEX TAG
TYING A PEACOCK HERL BUTT
TYING A SET OF FEATHER WINGS
MATCHED FEATHERS

ANATOMY OF A STEELHEAD FLY
Parts and description of a steelhead fly

FLY TYING RECIPES
FLY TYING INSTRUCTION

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reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

PURPLE WING SOLSTICE
STEELHEAD FLY