SBS Cap’s Hair-Wing (variation)


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An Adams Hair Wing from Wisconsin tyer Ed Haaga. Used elk for the tail/body to keep flair to a minimum; also tied it a bit bushier than the original since most of the little blue lines I plan to fish are still moving along pretty well.

hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - UTC 140 black
tail/body- elk hair
rib - tying thread
wing - deer hair (divided)
hackle - grizzly/brown

Mash barb, start thread, wrap to 3/4 point

Clean, stack, measure (hook length) a clump of deer hair, tie in with 2 soft loops, pull tight while holding on to the butts; trim butts

Clean, stack, measure (shank length) a sparse clump of elk; trim to length, tie in, allowing the hair to surround the shank

Spiral wrap to bend, and back

Create thread dam in front to set wing upright

Divide, and conquer (with Figure 8 wraps)

Tie in hackle

Wrap hackle, tie off/trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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That is an excellent example of Cap's Hair Wing.

I live one county to the west of the Wolf River where Ed Haaga had his fly shop. The "Mighty" Wolf is the longest undammed river in the Wisconsin. It has suffered in recent years from warming so I have not fished it in many years.

You might be interested in this historic film of Ed Haaga tying Cap's Hair Wing.


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