The Grizzly King is actual older than Orvis itself. First tied in 1840 by Scottish zoologist James Wilson, the pattern appears in Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories. You can read a great history of the fly here.
In this week’s video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows how he ties this legendary pattern, demonstrating several cool tying tricks in the process. The way he ties in materials to create the proper effect is always fascinating, and his foresight to add a bunch of thread wraps before spiraling the tinsel up the body is ingenious.
Hook: 2X-heavy, black nickel nymph hook (here a Fulling Mill FM5085), sizes 10.
Thread #1: Black Veevus, 10/0.
Tail: Red duck quills, matched.
Rib: Gold/Silver Mylar Tinsel, extra-small.
Body: Olive Uni-Stretch.
Thread #2: Black Veevus, 10/0.
Collar: Grizzly saddle hackle.
Wing: Barred-mallard flank-feather fibers.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Tools: Hair clip, whip-finish tool, fly-tier’s wax