Mallard & Silver Fly


Step by Step tying of a Mallard and Silver Sea Trout Fly

by John Gray

The Mallard and Silver is one of the simplest, and, in my experience, most effective of all single hooked sea trout flies. It can be dressed conventionally with a silver tinsel body or, as here, on a hook with a bright silver of nickel silver finish. For a fly intended for use during the hours of darkness, the hackle colour is of little importance, as sea trout can no more distinguish colour at night than we can. I have used here a brown hen hackle.

Hook: Partridge Saltwater Perfect size 8 (black nickel finish)
Hackle: brown hen
wing: bronze mallard shoulder feather

Step 1 - Having secured your hook in the vice and tied in your hackle, select a bronze mallard feather of appropriate size. I am tying here on a size 8 hook, so I have selected a fairly large feather .....

Bronze mallard shoulder feather


Step 2 - Select a section about half an inch in width. The most suitable and easily worked fibres, i.e. of similar length, are usually found towards the tip of the feather .....

bronze mallard wing


Step 3 - Isolate a section of the required width, grip firmly between thumb and forefinger and cut it off near the feather stem. This will give a section like this .....

wing section of bronze mallard feather


Step 4 - Fold the feather section in two, with the duller, darker side outermost .....

folded mallard wing section


Step 5 - Fold the section again .....

mallard wing folded twice


Step 5 - Tie in by the normal pinch and loop method. Once the wing is secured, be careful not to wind additional turns backwards over the wing. In finishing the fly, wind only towards the hook eye .....

Mallard and Silver sea trout fly - mallard wing


Step 7 - Form a neat head and apply two coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish .....

Mallard and Silver Sea Trout Fly

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