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Old 12-09-2008, 11:16 PM
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Default Hair Leadwing Coachman

I wanted to tie some lead wing coachman wet flies and didn't have the needed slate gray feathers so.....
I substituted fine gray deer hair. This hair is more like bucktail, that is, not hollow; and, slate gray. I know some of the traditional salmon flies have been redone using a hair wing so I thought I would give it a go.
I think the concept behind this fly is an adult caddis that lays it's eggs underwater, hence the no tail and gold tinsel tag. I use a fine gold wire rib to help hold the herl and I use a bunch of hackle fibers tied in place as a false beard or on the underside only. The overall look is pretty much the same as the standard tie. In any event, have any of you ever tied a lead wing coachman with a hair wing and if so, how did it work. The book I read on salmon fishing claims the hair wings actually are better than the feather wings.
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