Fly Tying Patterns: Admiral

Black Chennille Nymph - Fly Tying Pattern
  • Hook: Wet #8 - 14
  • Thread: White 8/0 (Black 8/0 for head)
  • Tip: Gold Tinsel
  • Tail: Red Goose
  • Rib: Gold Tinsel
  • Body: Red Floss
  • Throat Hackle: Red Hen
  • Wing: White Duck

  • Tying Difficulty: Upper Intermediate
  • Tied by D. Howard
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1938 saw the publication of Ray Bergman's Book 'Trout', a bible of wet fly fishing for trout that has been in continuous print until today. Within the pages are 440 wet fly patterns of which the Admiral is on Plate One, number 5.

These patterns are regulary fished on the rivers and streams of the eastersn USA by a small but dedicated collective of anglers who have realised that they are very productive fish-takers. There is no reason why they wouldn't work in the UK considering that many of the patterns are derivatives from UK patterns taken to USA back in the 1800s.

The throat hackle can be tied as a collar, after the wing has been tied in. The length of the head with this sytle of fly is typically the diameter of the eye of the hook.

The wing on his style of fly can be tied either open or closed, when tied open more action is imparted into the pattern when fished down, across and slowly retrieved back through the current at the end of the swing - the choice is yours. The depth of the wing is typically 1/2 to 3/4 the gape of the hook.

Questions are often asked regarding the use of white thread when the head is black (or another colour), the reason behind this is that floss becomes slightly translucent when wet, so when a light-coloured floss is used as a body, using white thread keeps the colour of the floss bright. Obviously, on dark-coloured floss bodies, you are free to use black or any other dark-coloured thread.