This fly is brought to us from prolific tier, Spey Angler, and friend of Deneki Outdoors the one and only Stuart Foxall. Currently, Stuart is a part of the AquaFlies team. This dog will hunt.
The Black n Silver Templedog is one of the most popular Atlantic salmon flies in Scandinavian rivers when there’s fresh fish about. I’ve used it myself for steelhead and other Salmon and find that it’s equally effective for them. Here’s how to tie it and using a few tying techniques that you may not have seen before.
Step 1. Join a tube liner into the tube outer to produce a strong plastic tube. Notice how I’ve left about 6mm of the outer tubing free of the liner which will act as our ‘hook tubing’ so our hook sits inside this when fishing.
Step 2. Wrap in 3 or 4 winds of oval silver tinsel as a tag.
Step 3. Wrap in a ‘hot spot’ of red glo brite floss to be a butt. Notice how I’ve left the loose strand of floss facing backwards under the butt. Pull the loose floss back over the butt and secure. This will hold the butt in place and stop it from slipping.
Step 4. Tie in some red fluoro fibre as a tail. And use your scissors to ‘score’ the fluoro fibre to produce a tapered tail.
Step 5. Tie in more silver oval tinsel, a black cock hackle by the tip, and some silver body braid.
Step 6. Wrap the braid along the rear of the body neatly.
Step 7. Dub some silver tinsel onto the thread and wrap it along the front half of the body.
Step 8. Palmer the black hackle along the body.
Step 9. Counter wind the ribbing to protect the hackle and scrub the dubbing out. Notice I’ve left the tinsel uncut…that’s in case my brush catches the tinsel when scrubbing and pulls it out.
Step 10. Add some silver and UV angel hair as an underwing.
Step 11. Tie in a tapered length of fox as the next underwing.
Step 12. More angel hair but leave it longer to exaggerate the taper of the wing.
Step 13. Tie in a black pheasant rump feather by the tip.
Step 14. Wrap as a head hackle. The top wing is long soft hair and once again I’ve pulled the centre of it longer to make a taper.
Step 15. Tie in a pair of matching jungle cock eyes.
Step 16. 3 or 4 dyed black peacock herls as a crest.
Step 17. Cut off as neatly as possible.
Step 18. Add a touch of glue and punch down a silver cone. And burr the plastic liner to hold everything in place.
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