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Updated Modified Sofa Pillow – Step by Step

April 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Last week, I was experimenting with a pattern that is patterned after the sofa pillow, by Pat Barnes of West Yellowstone.  Here is a step-by-step sequence of the resulting pattern.

  • Hook: Tiemco 200R
  • Tail/Egg-sac: Black Poly Yarn
  • Body: A Girl’s Secret sporty foam wrap
  • Rib: Black thread (size A used here)
  • Wing: Deer or Elk
  • Hackle: Brown, undersized

Start with the hook firmly in the vise.  I think I grabbed a Cabela’s curved nymph hook here instead of the Tiemco. What’s important is to get a curved shank hook, feel free to substitute.  These flies are large, size 4-6.

Start the tailing material about the 75% mark on the hook. Starting at the wing position hides any bumps or transitions, allowing a smooth body.

Tie in the thread for ribbing (or simply leave a tag end for your tying thread), then tie in the body foam. Antron yarn and uni-stretch are decent substitutes if you’ve run out of the Sporty Girl Foam.

Wrap the Sporty Girl Foam forward, rib with the thread, and don’t forget to trim the tail.

Stack some deer hair and tie in for the wing. You may notice that I also switched to orange thread.  You can tie the entire pattern with orange thread.A spot of glue here doesn’t hurt.

Finish the fly by hackling the forward portion.  The hackle and wing will provide the flotation, with the body and egg sac in the water.

Tags: Fly Tying

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 winonaflyfactory // Apr 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Curious? Are these meant to imitate a specific species? ie. Stoneflies or is this a general attractor pattern. Could this be sized like a 12 or 14 and change color to imitate a smaller Yellow Sally Stonefly?

  • 2 Anthony Naples // Apr 5, 2009 at 10:51 am

    What winonaflyfactory said above got me to thinking. This pattern would be easy to modify to represent emergent mayflies. Just tie it in the appropriate colors and sizes. The egg-sack can become a shuck…hmmm. That pic shown in an earlier post of the fly floating on the water also makes me think “emerger”.

  • 3 John Ruberto // Apr 6, 2009 at 9:52 am

    These were meant to represent the salmon fly hatch we get in the west. I bet a yellow color scheme would work for the Yellow Sally & Golden Stones.

  • 4 polar bear // Sep 8, 2009 at 3:12 am

    very cool

  • 5 polar bear // Sep 8, 2009 at 3:12 am

    S**T BOX!!!!

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