Hairwing Flies

Mitchell Hairwing
By Phil Foster*


    Hook: Partridge CS10/1.

    Thread: Black.

    Tag: Oval silver tinsel, yellow floss.

    Tail: Golden Pheasant veiled by Kingfisher.

    Butt: Ostrich.

    Body: Rear 1/3 yellow floss, Red Ostrich, front 2/3 black floss.

    Rib: Oval silver tinsel over black floss only.

    Beard: A small bunch of yellow hackle barbs over which are a larger bunch of black hackle barbs all rather short.

    Wing: Black Bear.

    Sides: JC, Kingfisher.

    Topping: Golden Pheasant.

    Head: Black and red.

*About Phil Foster

Phil was born in 1927 in Maine. His dad, Herb Foster introduced Phil to the resources to be found in the area, hunting, fishing, trapping and guiding at an early age. Phil started tying flies at the age of 9. Over the years, Phil has led a life that has been close to the outdoors and, all that it offers. He has guided for fishing and hunting. He has also tied flies commercially for Abercrombie and Fitch, William Mills and Sons, Orvis, LL Bean and other lesser known tackle houses.

In 1997, Phil self published a little book called Grouse Dogs and Salmon Rods, A Master Maine Guide Remembers in which he recalls his life adventures.

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