FLY TYING RECIPES
RED WING BLACKBIRD
STEELHEAD FLY

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Red Wing Blackbird Steelhead Fly
Red Wing Blackbird Steelhead Fly

The Red Wing Blackbird is an "Artistic Steelhead Fly",
but constructed to withstand the rigors of fly fishing.
The name is derived from the pattern of the wedded
wing design and does not incorporate any black bird
feathers.

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

MATERIALS:

THREAD:

 6/0 Black Thread

HOOK:

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

TAIL:

(Optional Golden Pheasant Crest)

TAG:

1/4 Gold Tinsel
3/4 Red Tinsel

BUTT:

Peacock Herl

BODY:

Red Tinsel
Peacock Herl

RIBBING:

Silver Wire

BEARD Black Schlappen Hackle

THROAT:

-

UNDER WINGS
Black Schlappen Hackle
WINGS
Black Goose Shoulder
Red Goose Shoulder

CHEEKS:

Jungle Cock

TOPPING
(Optional Golden Pheasant Crest)

HORNS:

-

HEAD:

Black Thread


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

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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 thread down the shank.

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Tying in the gold 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 between the barb and point of the hook. The gold tinsel is 1/4 the length of the tag.

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Tying in the red 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 3/4 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 red tinsel body section

Wrap the rear 3/4 of the body with red 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 red tinsel body section.

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Using peacock herl for 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 black schlappen hackle

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

Build Wedded Wings
Constructing a set of wedded feather wings

Construction of wedded feather wings is considered an advanced fly tying technique, but is not really that difficult. The top 2/5 of the wing uses red goose shoulder feather barbs and the bottom 3/5 of the wing uses black goose shoulder wing barbs.

RED WING BLACK BIRD WEDDED WING DESIGN

For a more complete description about designing a set of Red Wing Back Bird wedded feather wings.

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Tying on the set of wedded feather wings

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

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Tying on the jungle cock feathers

Tie on the jungle cock feathers.

Jungle cock feathers can be hard to find and while they add that artistic touch, are not required for flies meant to be fished and you could skip this step.

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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
BUILD WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
MATCHED FEATHERS

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

FLY TYING RECIPES
FLY TYING INSTRUCTION

http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

RED WING BLACKBIRD
STEELHEAD FLY