To me there is something about the lines of a well tied hairwing pattern that is both beautiful and fishy. The concept is well explored, but still lends itself to creative and attractive combinations of colors and materials. I think that is why this style of fly remains popular in modern steelheading. Every steelheader that I know enjoys tying and fishing them, especially in summer and fall.
Color was my inspiration for this pattern, and royal blue has always been a favorite color of mine. Blue is a common color among large leeches and other winter patterns, but seems to be overshadowed by black and purple in the hairwing genre. So, I created a royal blue hairwing pattern for myself and named it after British blues legend John Mayall’s band – The Bluesbreakers. I fish this bold, flashy pattern as a change in pace from the more somber dark summer patterns and find that it fishes best near the surface in slightly colored water and in low light conditions.
Hook – Daiichi 2052 Alec Jackson Spey, #3-7
Thread – UTC 70, red (shown), or color to match other tail colors
Tail – Dyed golden pheasant tippet, red (shown), or other such as orange, chartreuse, or pink
Rib – Medium holographic silver tinsel
Body dubbing – blend of royal blue arctic fox tail fibers (to match wing) and Electric Blue Wapsi SLF Poul Jorgensen dubbing
Collar – royal blue rabbit fur spun into a dubbing loop and palmered, topped with 2-3 turns of teal blue saddle hackle
Wing – Royal blue Artic fox tail with 8-12 strands of Opal Flashabou Mirage
Take Care and Fish On,