January 12th, 2004
Great Canadian Flies
The Coquihalla Orange
By Rory Glennie
The Coquihalla Orange, is perhaps, the most widely
known of Terry Brayshaw's steelhead patterns, as
it was featured on one of the Canadian postage
stamps depicting Canadian flies. The following
recipe is from Aubrey Wood, who had it directly from
the originator. The tying steps and samples are
provided by Rory Glennie...
Tip: Two turns of narrow gold tinsel.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest.
Butt: Black ostrich.
Body: Rear half orange floss, front half orange
polar bear fur or wool.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Hackle: Orange saddle.
Wing: White over orange polar bear hair.
1. Positioned above the hook barb, wind on two
turns of the gold tinsel to form the tip. At
the leading edge of the tip, bind down golden
pheasant tippet for the tail. Then bind in and
wind on two turns of black ostrich herl for the
2. Bind in ribbing tinsel and orange floss. Wind
floss over rear half of body. Bind in and wind on
orange wool to finish front half of body. Wind tinsel
ribbing over floss and wool body in five equally
3. Wind on two turns of orange saddle hackle
feather. Pull all barbs downward and bind to
form throat hackle. Bind in orange, the natural
white polar bear hair, forming a sparse wing,
slanting back over the body. Tie off and
cement head. ~ RG
Credit: Excerpt from the January/March 2004
issue of The Canadian Fly Fisher. We appreciate use
Our Man In Canada Archives
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