Favorite Flys “Fly Tying Terms”

Welcome to the Fly Tying Terms section. We hope this section enables and encourages you to become a fly tyer, or to enhance your fly tying skills.

From Perrault's Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies
by Keith E. Perrault
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Oak Turkey:
Turkey feather, dark brown with black markings. Also very dark mottled turkey. Usually found in the Wild Turkey tail feathers.

Open Palmer:
Hackle tied palmer style but with very few turns.

Opossum:
Light colored fur in the cream to buff range produce soft fur dubbed bodies.

Optic:
The representation of an eye on the head of a fly. Also a fly with an especially enlarged eye, painted on a colored bead at the head of the fly. Example: Pray's Optic.

Otter:
Fine soft fur ranging mostly in browns and cream. Fine for dubbing, especially useful in soft nymph bodies.

Overbody:
Materials wrapped over the underbody creating body texture or color.

Overwing:
The upper portion of a fly wing, contrasting the lower wing in color or design. Found mostly in salmon patterns.


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