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: Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week - Night Hawk

03-21-2006, 08:34 AM
A very well known architect named Stanford White invented this fly around the turn of the century. The original was tied as a feather wing, black quill section, with a topping of golden pheasant crest and this version is still in use today. However, the hair-wing version is a bit more popular. The fly was made for fishing the Restigouche river but has become popular through out eastern Canada, especially in Newfoundland.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Oval silver tinsel and yellow silk.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Butt: Red dubbing.
Body: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Wing: Black bear or squirrel hair.
Hackle: Black.
Sides: Jungle cock.
Cheeks: Kingfisher.
Head: Red

Steve K.
03-21-2006, 09:33 AM

I just found some amazing holographic silver plastic (shaving cream can label),
and was looking for a silver body fly to tie.
Great proportion, and nice head.
How many coats of head cement, (and what kind) are you using on this.


03-21-2006, 09:47 AM

The head is made with two coats of Cellire. Itís my favorite head cement but can be difficult to get.


03-21-2006, 12:00 PM
I purchase clear Cellire from Bryant Freeman of Riverview,New Brunswick.I have not had any trouble re availability the last few years.

03-21-2006, 02:46 PM

I have gotten it from Bryant in the past, he's a good guy. I will have to check with some of our sponsors and see if any of them have it.


03-22-2006, 12:13 AM

This is another one of those flies that is equally effective for steelhead both as a standard dressing and as a low-water dressing.

03-22-2006, 11:22 AM
I have used the fly for years -- yours being a most beautiful rendition -- but did not know it was originated by Stanford White. White was himself something of a "Nighthawk" having a well-deserved "reputation as a libertine and voluptuary" and taste for very young, beautiful women. He was shot dead on the roof of Madison Square Garden in 1906 by the millionaire Harry K. Thaw, husband of Evelyn Nesbit, one of White's conquests.

03-22-2006, 02:44 PM
A fascinating story Charles, it seems his skills at luring salmonids were rivaled by his skills at luring the fairer sex. However gruesome his ending there seems to be an element of fate in it suggesting that over-indulgence in either results in a loss of life as we know it or in this case life itself.

I could also argue that it's not we who do the luring, but we are the lured. God help us men! :hihi:

03-22-2006, 03:46 PM
If any of you would like to read more about Stanford White and his death, go to: Ain't the Internet great!!!

03-24-2006, 12:16 PM
One of the only decent salmon flies created by an American (besides the glo-bug).

But he created it in Canada.