The basics of a well executed deceptively simple hairwing on a double hook are the place for new tyers of slamon or sea trout flies to start. One learns so much on the handling of thread, materials, symmetry, proportion and neatness that it requires much more effort and attention to detail early on. For inspiration, see the hairwings tied by Partridge PRO-Team members Paul Slaney and Stuart Foxall, and get Stuart's excellent article on low water salmon flies in Trout & Salmon this past summer.

A favorite of mine for every reason is the Blue Charm Hairwing.

Hook: Partridge Up-eye Double #10
Tag: Small oval tinsel
Butt: Bright yellow floss
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Body: Black floss
Rib: Small oval tinsel
Beard hackle: Kingfisher blue hen
Wing: Squirrel (well stacked)

Hugh Rosen

Hugh Rosen lives in San Diego, California, which is 400 miles from his favourite Eastern Sierra trout streams. He began fly fishing in the early 1980s while a university student in his native South Africa. He retains a life-long affection for the Kloof streams of the Cape, and for dry flies of his youth, especially the RAB. He learnt to tie flies from that great exponent of Catskill tying, Matt Grobert in Summit, NJ, and has tied flies with harmless obsessive intensity ever since.

Hugh enjoys the camaraderie of fly tying and  sharing photographs with the community by troubling billions of electrons on social media.  He combines a love of trout stream biology with his day job  as a medical scientist and Professor at The Scripps Research Institute and has travelled for science and fishing to England, Wales, Austria, Slovenia, North America and Australia. He has a well established reputation as a world class shrubber, and were he to fish a stream devoid of any  shrubbery except the smallest bonsai, he would lose almost every fly in his possession to that miniscule sapling. Together with his colleagues, he discovered a treatment for autoimmune diseases most notably multiple sclerosis, for therapeutics is just a variation on fly fishing.