Hairwing Flies

Foster Rusty Rat Hairwing
Tied by Phil Foster*


    Hook:Partridge Bartleet.

    Tag: Oval gold tinsel.

    Tail: A few Peacock sword herl.

    Body: Rear half, Orange-Yellow Floss veiled above by one strand of same floss extending to the middle of the tail, Front half, Peacock herl.

    Rib: Oval gold tinsel.

    Wing: Grey Fox guard hairs.

    Collar: Soft grizzly hackle.

    Cheeks: Jungle Cock (optional).

    Head: 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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