New Jersey-based fly tier Dave McKenna seems to love fluorescent colors. We’ve previously featured his Rumble Bug and Sexy Walt’s Worm, both of which feature bright pinks and purples. The Freestyle Fall Favorite is all about the orange, which is a color I love to use this time of year. This fly has proven its worth on New York’s salmon River and other Great Lakes tributaries.
In this great video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through the steps for creating the FFF, which calls for serious conservation of thread. There are plenty of cool tying tricks on display, as you have come to expect.
McKenna’s Freestyle Fall Favorite
Hook: Salmon hook (here, a Daiichi ), size 4.
Thread: Red Veevus, 12/0.
Butt: Red Holo Tinsel, medium
Body: Gold/silver Mylar Tinsel, medium.
Thorax: Orange Arctic UV Chenille, small.
Throat: Silver pheasant feather, dyed red.
Adhesive #1: Superglue.
Wing: Orange Arctic fox.
Overwing: Fluorescent Orange UV Senyo’s Barred Predator Wrap.
Head: Tying thread.
Adhesive #2: UV-cure resin.
Tools: Fine-tooth comb.