"The Willie Gunn"

The Willie Gunn


Tag: Oval gold tinsel 
Body:  Black wool or floss 
Ribbing:  Oval gold tinsel 
Wing:  Yellow, Orange and Black bucktail

This fly is normally tied on tubes or waddington shanks and fished deep especially in the spring but it can be and is tied on hooks although a little more difficult to dress. This is because of the wing which consists of three different colours of bucktail each wrapped evenly around the hook. The smaller the hook the more difficult it becomes even for an experienced fly tyer, try it on a size twelve double and you'll see what I mean.

   This pattern can be varied with different amounts of hair, by having more black you have a very dark fly. Put more orange or yellow and you have a lighter shade of fly, useful in coloured water. Change orange to red or claret and see the result it may surprise you. This of course is one of the ways that new patterns are born.

Secure your chosen iron to be dressed in the vice and catch in the thread. Tie in the oval gold tinsel for the tag, and wind on the desired amount of turns. I tie about six or seven on a three inch lure, four or five on a two inch and three or four on anything smaller. Next tie in your wool or floss for the body with wool or thick rayon floss used on the big sizes and normal floss for the smaller. Form an even body followed by equally spaced turns of ribbing leaving a reasonable space at the head for your wing.

   There are a few different ways the wing can be tied and this can sometimes depend on the size of fly you have chosen to tie. The first being on a three inch tube or Waddington, select three equal bunches of the bucktail tie in the yellow first spreading it evenly around your tube then tie in the orange spreading it on top of the yellow and then the black on top to finish off.

   Another way may make it slightly easier on perhaps a smaller tube is to mix the yellow and orange hair then tie it on as before and cover with the black hair . On a hook or an even smaller tube you can mix the three colours before tying in. The various methods described can of course be used on any size you like, choose whichever suits your tying style.