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Updated Sofa Pillows

March 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

With spring, young men’s fancy turns to love. Those of us that have seen a few springs, we turn towards the upcoming hatches.  Today’s preparations are for the salmon fly hatch.

This is an updated version of the classic Sofa Pillow. Differences are the poly-yarn egg sac (instead of red duck quill tail), antron ribbed with thread instead of floss, and the “stimulator” style front.  The curved hook shank is meant to get the egg sack into the film.

Hook: TMC 200R, size 6
Tail/Egg sac:  Black Poly-yarn
Body: Burnt Orange Antron yarn
Rib: Black thread 3/0
Wing: Elk/deer
Hackle:  Dun, sized for 12/14 hooks
Front: Orange Angora goat

Please comment on this pattern. I’m thinking of a few tweaks, and would like to get some input.

  • Instead of thread ribbing, small black wire to add more durability (as soon as I can get to the fly shop)
  • Thicker brown hackle (bring it closer to the original pattern to add more flotation and darken the pattern a bit.
  • Use darker hair for the wing. Also, maybe tart up the wing a bit with some flash.

I can’t wait until June to give these a try.

Tags: Fly Tying

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John LeJeune // Mar 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I thought for sure you’d use some Sporty Girl foam for the body.

    Have you tried squirrel for the wing?

  • 2 Anthony Naples // Mar 27, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Looks good. I wish I had a need for flies like this back here in the east! I’d love to see a photo of what it looks like on the water’s surface.

  • 3 Ray Found // Mar 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Rubber legs. That’s all I’ve got to say.

  • 4 Updated Modified Sofa Pillow // Mar 30, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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