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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Borden Special
Tied By Scotty Howell

Borden Special, Tied By Scott Howell

This beautiful version of Bob Borden's fly, the Borden Special, is tied by Scott Howell. You can see more of Scott Howell's flies at The Flies of Scott Howell. See his notes about it below.

Notes and Original (plus Variant) Rx for 'The Borden Special'


RECIPE (Original) 

HOOK - Size #4 through #6 1X Long, Sproat Bend

TAG - Danville #12 Silver Mylar Tinsel (tied short to provide lift to Tail)

TAIL - A blend of 2 parts Hot Pink and 1-part Hot Yellow Saddle Hackle fibers (tied long)

BODY - Hot Pink Rabbit Fur dubbing

RIB - Danville #12 Silver Mylar Tinsel

WING - (legal) Polar Bear under fur or White Kid Goat hair

COLLAR - (oversized or tied long) 4 turns Hot Yellow Hackle followed by 8 to 9 turns of Hot Pink Hackle

HEAD 'Black 6/0 Danville Flymaster thread 


Conceived in 1961 by Bob Borden, the Borden Special was originally designed for fishing sea-run 'Cuts' in Oregon Coastal waters and the Siletz River.  This versatile shrimp-colored pattern has proven to be very effective for hooking up Pink and Coho Salmon as well as Summer Steelhead.  Mr. Borden's wonderful fly is also a must-have for anglers and guides throughout British Columbia when fishing 'in the salt' during autumn months.   In addition to being a renowned anger and fly tyer, Bob Borden is also the proprietor of HareLine Dubbin in Monroe, Oregon.    

 RECIPE (Variant)

 HOOK 'Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi #2051), Size #7 - #1.5

TAG 'Fine Silver Oval Tinsel and Shrimp Pink Floss

TAIL 'GP Crest under Hot Pink Hackle fibers

BUTT 'Yellow-dyed Ostrich Herl

BODY ''HareLine Shrimp Pink Flat Diamond Braid, 'HareLine Fl. Pink STS Trilobal Dub

RIB 'Small Oval Silver Tinsel

COLLAR(S) 'Yellow Schlappen under Hot Pink Schlappen under a few turns of Natural Mallard Flank (tied long)

WING 'Polar Bear or White Calf Tail accented with sparse Pearl Green/Olive Lite Brite

HEAD 'Yellow Danville 6/0 unwaxed Flymaster thread