Warden's Worry, revisited.

Posted by Steve Galea at

Lately, I've been tying a far number of flies. Most of them are modern nymphs and dry flies. There have been muddler minnows and variants too. The Warden's Worry, as shown above, is the exception to the rule and a fly I find myself tying every year or two. 

This is an old pattern, but I can attest it still works very well. This is one of a small order I am tying at a customer's request in size 6, 8, and 4. Though the tail seems long, I got my dimensions out of Joseph Bate's classic book, Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. There the tail was described as moderately long.

The pattern is as follows:

Hook: Any sturdy streamer hooks such as a Mustad R-74 in sizes 2 to 8.

Thread: I like to use white 8/0 or nano-silk all the way through and cover the head with black Danville Flymaster, which is a 6/0 thread that lays wonderfully flat.

Tag: Gold tinsel, three or four wraps.

Tail: Red goose or duck slips

Ribbing: Gold oval ribbing  small or medium depending on what looks good on the size of the fly.

Body: Yellow wool  with a tinge of orange or I find Fly-Rite's golden yellow dubbing is just about perfect.

Throat: Yellow hackle palmered and drawn downward.

Wing: Light brown natural bucktail, sparse. (Make a friend of a hunter.)






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