The September Witch is a Mike Martinek fly pattern that was created in 1972 to be fished in Newfound Lake in New Hampshire USA.  This is tied in the Rangley style and can be used as both a casting or trolling fly.

September Witch

Hook: Partridge Heritage Streamer Hook size 2-6 in 7x or 9x

body: copper tinsel
rib: copper wire (doubled and wound on like oval tinsel)
belly: fine orange bucktail with fine white bucktail under this
underwing: 6 peacock herls
wing: (seperate assembly each side) 1 claret hackle with 1 olive gray hackle outside of the claret
shoulders: dyed red golden pheasant body feathers
throat: short golden pheasant crest then white schlappen
Finishing with a bit of red schlappen on throat and on the top of the fly
cheeks: jungle cock

The copper tinsel is been wound

The copper tinsel is been wound on a smooth thread base (notice that I end the tinsel about one wooden match head length behind the eye of the hook)

The rib is copper wire and its doubled

The rib is copper wire and its doubled

Orange bucktail is tied in for the belly

Orange bucktail is tied in for the belly

White bucktail is tied in below the orange and slightly toward the eye of the hook, this helps to minimize bulk

White bucktail is tied in below the orange and slightly toward the eye of the hook, this helps to minimize bulk

6 peacock herls are tied

6 peacock herls are tied in these wraps help to provide additional strength for the bucktail belly, at this point I would use some head cement to add strength

The wings have been sized and mounted as one unit

The wings have been sized and mounted as one unit

Golden pheasant crest

Golden pheasant crest is the first step of building the throat

White schappen is added for the second part of the throat

White schappen is added for the second part of the throat

The golden pheasant crests

The golden pheasant crests are added here for the shoulders, notice I have switched to black thread

Here I add the jungle cock for the cheeks

Here I add the jungle cock for the cheeks

Upper and lower throats of red shlappen are tied in

Upper and lower throats of red shlappen are tied in

The head gets completed

The head gets completed

Now with the fly completed

Now with the fly completed you can see why it is so critical to have that spacing between where the copper tinsel ended and the eye of the hook.  The spacing allows you to get all the materials in place while minimizing the bulk.  In the end you get a nice size head.

Scott Biron

Scott Biron cut his teeth learning to tie flies and fly fish back in the 1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. He has fished many of the streams north of route 26 in NH and his favorite the Androscoggin River. An active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in regional shows. Scott was awarded the 2017 NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied the art of fly tying under Peggy Brenner.

In March of 2018 he ​was added to the prestigious NH Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns and has published, researched, instructed as well as demonstrated many of these lost NH fly patterns. Scott instructs individuals of all ages in the art of fly tying and is known for including the history of these tyers and their flies in his instruction. Each year he is a volunteer instructor at NH Fish & Game's Camp Barry's Fish Camp where he instructs over 50 young campers in fly tying and fly fishing. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and author for the NH Wildlife Journal with an article on Caddis Flies.

Scott is a member of the Regal Vice Pro Team, Partridge Pro Endorsed Team, Solarez Pro Team, Ewing Feather Birds Pro Team a Fulling Mill Ambassador and enjoys relationships with Orvis, Loon Outdoors and Hareline.

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