Fly Tying: Winter BWO


BWO (SwittersB)

A simple Blue Winged Olive pattern comprised of the following materials:

Hook: TMC 100BL, 1x fine wire, dry fly style hook

Thread: 14/0, SHEER, olive green forms the abdomen.

Tail: Gadwall feather fibers, dyed light green (Waters West, Port Angeles, Wa.)

Wing: CDC, Dark Dun (Doug’s Bugs, Santa Rosa, Cal.)

Hackle: Medium Dun, Size 18 (Whiting Farms, Delta, Colo.)

3 Responses to “Fly Tying: Winter BWO”

  1. November 18, 2010 at 12:30

    Thread body?

    Also…do you fish this high & dry, in the film, or wet?


    • 2 SwittersB
      November 18, 2010 at 14:27

      Ah Good Catch! Yes, thread body. I experimented with two colors of thread to try for a segmented look but settled for the single color of olive thread. I experimented with this the past Summer on PMD’s and it rode in the film with the CDC clearly visible. I could trim the bottom of the hackles to allow it to be totally flush.


  2. 3 SwittersB
    November 18, 2010 at 11:51

    Some would say tradition or aesthetics or hooking capability. All of those considerations for me. I learned with down eye hooks and they are the most prevalent in use. Some would say the hooking capabilities of a straight or ring eye hook are suspect. It is a hook often seen used for Stimulators. I have never had the difficulties some seem to notice. So, traditionally, the down eye will be frequently used and referenced in patterns. The up eye hook is seen for salmon/steelhead patterns and has to do again with traditions and knots (riffling hitch and turl knots).


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