Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week Silver Doctor [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week Silver Doctor

07-20-2006, 12:24 PM
James Wright in Scotland invented this fly in the late 1800s. He was also the originator of the Black Doctor and the thunder and lightning. It started out as a married wing fly and has evolved into a hair wing. This may not be the most popular salmon fly but it is probably one of the best traveled. It is used extensively in North America, Europe and Russia.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Fine oval silver tinsel and lemon yellow floss.
Tail: golden pheasant crest and kingfisher.
Butt: Red seal type dubbing
Rib: Medium Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Silver tinsel.
Wing: Golden pheasant tippet under red hair, under blue hair, under yellow hair, under brown hair.
Cheeks: Jungle cock.
Hackle: Light Blue and teal.

07-24-2006, 04:28 PM

This one also works for steelhead here in the PNW when tied either as you did here with the stacked hair wing or with the traditional married wing when fished in the riffled water at the head of a run. However, I don't use it anymore because I've found the even older SILVER BLUE works as well or better and it is easier to tie, especially as the smaller #6-#10 low water style I use in summer/early fall.