Video: How to Tie an Egan’s Red Dart

Lance Egan is a well-known competition angler and fly tier from Utah. His well-known patterns include the Frenchie, the Rainbow Warrior, and the Red Dart featured here. You might notice that all of these patterns are designed to sink quickly into a trout’s strike zone, which Lance feels is an important feature. Since he is a three-time national fly-fishing champion and a bronze medalist at the world championships, we oughta take his word for it.

In this week’s, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie a durable Red Dart with the proper weight and proportions. As with any herl-body fly, you need to reinforce the material with ribbing to keep the herl from unraveling after a few fish. And the way Tim prepares the hackle to make the collar is ingenious.

          Egan’s Red Dart
          Hook: Barbless jig hook (here a Lighting Strike JF2), size 14.
          Bead: Gold slotted tungsten bead, 7/64″.
          Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
          Adhesive #1: Superglue or Fly Tyer’s Z-Ment.
          Thread: Red, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Tails: Red saddle-hackle fibers.
          Rib: Pearl Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread.

          Body: Peacock herl.
          Collar 1: Brown saddle hackle.
          Collar 2: Pink Ice dub.

          Adhesive #2: Head cement or Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails.
          Tools:  Plunger-style hackle pliers, bodkin.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie an Egan’s Red Dart”

    1. The way he leaves a tie-in anchor and then the way he pulls the feather through his fingers (rather than vice versa). I didn’t say he invented these steps, but I know that many tiers aren’t familiar with them (as I wasn’t before I saw Tim do it). These videos are meant as teaching tools, and Tim is very good at it. Not everyone is an expert tier.

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