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    Default Classic Salmon Fly Tutorial - Tying a Rogan style salmon fly.

    Thought I'd put together a short SBS on how to tie a Rogan style salmon fly bearing in mind I've only ever tied one once before this so it's also an exercise for me putting one together again. Now there are variations on how to tie them but this gives a general idea of how it goes. I could probably have added that I applied a wee dollop of cellire to the tying thread after some of the tying in processes to give more robustness as this is what they would have done. I've seen some tie in the hackle before the under wing whereas I'm tying it after. The technique of tying the under wing in before the hackle means that it will reduce the bulk at the head so giving a smaller head to the finished fly. Obviously the wing materials in type and amount will vary depending on the dressing and this fly is actually my own design but based on a few Rogan's I've seen which are few and far between. To be honest you can mix and match with the wings and create all sorts of blends using different feathers whether you like them heavily dressed or a more airy feel. But be warned as the more fibres you use the more difficult it will be to tie in the wing so it's advantageous to keep it sparser to start with at least. The idea is that when in the water the fibres in the wing will work independently of one another so creating movement in the wing itself rather than the fibres gelling together. Have fun!














    Post edit; where I mention the depth of the Bronze Mallard slips being 5 to 7cms it should be mms not cms, apologies for any confusion.
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    Default Re: Classic Salmon Fly Tutorial - Tying a Rogan style salmon fly.

    Thanks Mark really appreciate you taking the time to make that I’m sure there’s quite a bit of work involved in making this sbs never mind the fly you’ve it really well explained one question the blue jay in the throat do you tie it in a bunch or split the feather and wind it on and draw it down.

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    Default Re: Classic Salmon Fly Tutorial - Tying a Rogan style salmon fly.

    Quote Originally Posted by tj hooker View Post
    Thanks Mark really appreciate you taking the time to make that I’m sure there’s quite a bit of work involved in making this sbs never mind the fly you’ve it really well explained one question the blue jay in the throat do you tie it in a bunch or split the feather and wind it on and draw it down.
    Thanks Grahame it doesn't take me all that long to be honest but a fully dressed fly SBS takes a lot longer for sure. Yes I split the Jay feather. Usually the side with the coloured fibres is on the right (for right handed tiers) of the feather which makes it easier to wrap although it is possible with the coloured fibres on the left of the feather but slightly more fiddly. You don't false hackle on classic salmon flies. With gut eye salmon flies you can actually reverse the thread by winding it under the space between the gut eye and hook. This means you can wind the thread in the opposite direction and comes in handy for setting wings on Spey's, tying off Jay 'lefts' feathers etc then just zip the thread under again and it's back to normal clockwise winding. You can also use Guinea Fowl feathers dyed blue as a sub for Jay and you don't have to split them as they're not as bulky in the stem. I think I've mentioned before that its very economical to buy Guinea Fowl skins in natural and also dyed blue.and it's mainly the smaller mottled feathers that you use. You can pick skins up for around a tenner each and I'm still using the ones I had when I started. It helps if you wet the Jay fibres with some spit (classic salmon fly tiers glue) after you've wrapped the hackle and then pull them down as much as you can and leave to dry a bit. They don't have to be pulled right down in every case as sometimes they look good in a pulled back spray like effect going back over the body hackle, whatever your taste is really.
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