Our Man In Canada
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.

Tying Step

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 butt.

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 spaced turns.

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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 permission.

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