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Goshawk Hairwing

Name Goshawk Hairwing
Category Atlantic Salmon
Hook Size 6 to 12, Salmon Hook
Thread Black
Tag Oval Gold Tinsel
Tail Yellow Topping Feather Over Shorter Red Hackle Fibers
Rib Oval or Fine Flat Gold or Silver Tinsel (Gold More Common)
Body Black Seal's Fur or Floss
Hackle Rich Claret With Optional Blue Jay or Dyed-Blue Guinea at Throat
Wing Rich Yellow Bucktail
Head Black

This pattern came from the fine book by Peter O'Reilly, Trout & Salmon Flies of Ireland. He writes that this is an old River Moy fly, but is effective there and elsewhere. It's good all season in any water, clear or colored. Other variations are the Blue Goshawk, Orange Goshawk, and Black Goshawk.





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