Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fly 4 - Evening Breeze

Evening Breeze
5x7, soft pastel

Here in Idaho, we are experiencing a week of very cold weather.  So, the title of this next fly (a featherwing streamer) captured my imagination.  I’m looking forward to the cool summer evenings! 

Tying this fly consists of using copper wire, silver tinsel, pheasant and peacock feathers…oh yes, and a little white bucktail. I find it amazing the furs and feathers used it the construction of a fly.  

Below is an image of the anatomy of a salmon fly…for your enjoyment and my future reference.  While this is a salmon fly and not a featherwing streamer, you get the idea of what goes into the making of a fly.  The image is of a fly called a Silver Doctor tied by Jack Madden.


  1. I have to admit these are gorgeous things,the colors are spectacular, know nothing about them so this is an education. Again to tie a good fly is an art I think. Are you using pastel pencils or sticks? You get such beautiful clean lines. Well done.

    1. Hi Nelvia...thanks....I am using a few pastel pencils but I have better luck making cleaner lines using Nupastels (they seem to lay down a better line on Pastelmat, which is the paper I'm using on this fly and from here on out) the end, I make a few touches of Terry Ludwig pastels to help the colors pop. I found using UART400 or Pastel Premier papers were just too rough on the first couple flies and I couldn't get the cleaner lines I wanted. All a trial and error process I guess.