Video: How to Tie the Western Coachman

In this week’s great fly-tying video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie a classic Western pattern that looks great and has been catching trout for decades. The beauty of some of these old patterns is that you can fish them in many different ways: swung, dead-drifted, as part of a tandem rig, and–in a pinch–even greased up and floated on top.

As usual, Tim demonstrates some simple methods for making the tying process easier. Note how he holds the tail fibers angled upward as he wraps over the butts, ensuring that everything stays on top of the hook. And the way he uses the hanging thread to compress and control the wraps of peacock herl should become your standard for all such patterns.

        Western Coachman
        Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a Dai-Riki #300 ), sizes 10-14.
        Thread: Dark brown, 8/0 or 70-denier.
        Rib: Gold wire, small.
        Tail: Golden-pheasant tippet fibers.
        Body: Peacock herl.
        Hackle: Reddish brown.
        Wing: White deer belly hair, cleaned and stacked.
        Head: Tying thread.
        Adhesive: Head cement.
        Tools: Hackle pliers, whip finisher.

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