My Faithful Black Sheep fly

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This Fly was originated in 1977 by Joseph P. Hubert from Minnesota. The Sheep series consists of six patterns that are dressed in a similar manner. In addition to Black, the colour variations are brown, blue, silver, red and green. My own favourite, and probably also the most well known in the sheep series has to be the Black Sheep – I have spent many glorious days together with this simple fly, along Ponoi and Umba’s streams.

So are you planning a visit to one of Russia’s silver streams, you MUST bring a bunch of Black sheep flies.

Black sheep original dressing

Tag: Oval gold silver tinsel or wire

Body: Black wool

Throat: King fisher blue (Deep blue)

Wing: Black under wing and Yellow over wing (In the original pattern Bucktail hair – today most fly-tiers prefer hair material like fox or other soft hair)

Cheeks: Jungle cock (NOT A MUST)

Head: Red (NOT A MUST)

Hook/size: 6 – 10 for Ponoi and Umba – Recommendable Hook has to be Loop’s double hook

Hope to see you out there


“There is an indescribable something about a fly dressed by an expert amateur who is a practical salmon fisherman which the fly dressed by a non-angling professional frequently lacks.” – T.E. Pryce-Tannatt

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