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Old 06-01-2006, 09:39 AM
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Atlantic Salmon fly of the week – Ingalls Butterfly – with step by step

The originator of this fly is Maurice Ingalls of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. He tied the first one around 1956 for fishing the Miramichi River and since that time at has become a staple across eastern North America. The unique thing about this fly is the many different ways it can be fished. It can be used as a dry, riffle hitched, swung under the surface, or the most popular method, Pumping the fly while it is swinging to make the goat hair wings pulse.

Hook: Wet fly hook, 1X or 2X long
Tail: Red hackle fibers.
Tag: Chartreuse yarn (optional)
Body: Peacock herl ribbed with fine gold wire.
Wing: White kid goat divided and splayed back over the body.
Hackle: stiff brown cock hackle
Head: Black

I’ve also included a step by step for this fly.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:40 AM
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Put a wet fly hook in the vise, start thread and attach some red hackle fibers for the tail.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:40 AM
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Cut some goat hair off the hide, pull out the under fur and short hairs and even the tips with a hair stacker or similar method. Then tie the hair on top of the hook as shown.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:41 AM
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Trim the butts of the hair diagonally so the body of the fly tapers nicely.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:42 AM
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Then tie in wire rib, peacock herl and finish body of the fly.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:44 AM
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Finish body of fly.
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Next, grab the tips of the goat hair, stand them up and take a few turns of thread in front of the hair to help keep it up.
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Divide the hair into 2 equal portions and circle eight the thread between them the same way you would to tie split wings on a dry fly for trout.
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Grab each wing and take a few turns of thread around the base of the wing pulling the wing back over the fly’s body as you do so.
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Apply some flexible cement to the base of the wings to help hold them in place.
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Next, tie in a stiff brown hackle and take a few turns in back and in front of the wings.
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Tie off the hackle and finish the head.
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This unusually winged fly has intrigued me for many years, especially the descriptions I've read about fishing it as a damp fly with some action imparted on the swing; however, I've never used it for steelhead here in the PNW and have absolutely no idea if it would be any good for them. I still remained intrigued by the fly and wonder if it would be worthwhile using on summer steelhead.
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