A few of you have asked us to put together some step by step tying posts for some more ‘classic’ fly patterns for salmon and steelhead. So, today we present you with a classic hair wing style pattern called the Colburn Special.
The Colburn Special – Tying Instructions
Originally designed for Atlantic salmon (by your humble editor’s great, great grandfather we might add), the Colburn Special is a simple hair wing style pattern that was created in a number of popular color combinations for salmon and steelhead alike.
However, like most traditional salmon and steelhead flies, what looks like a rather simple pattern can actually be very difficult to tie. Proper proportions and management of materials is key to creating tidy looking flies and many of the techniques shown below can be utilized in a whole bunch of traditional salmon and steelhead patterns.
- Hook: Daiichi 2161, sz. 2-8.
- Thread: UTC 140 denier, chartreuse and black.
- Tag: Oval silver tinsel.
- Tail: Black bear hair fibers over green dyed squirrel tail.
- Body: Chartreuse floss or thread.
- Rib: Black ostrich herl.
- Wing: Black bear hair fibers over green dyed squirrel tail.
- Collar: Yellow cock hackle.