The necessary tools for set-up: hook from number 12 to 16, three feathers: grey, yellow and black coloured, basic thread or olive coloured silk.

The tricolour fly belongs to the palmer family, and it is a very decorated fly which floats high on the water, and is especially adapted for fishing in fast river currents.

Phase 1:
Attach the basic thread onto the hook and wind it repeatedly in proper intervals, along the entire shank length, so as to shape the fly body. Stop winding when you get to the hook bend.

Phase 2:
Attach the first feather* (grey-coloured) onto the hook bend, with the help of the basic thread which then needs to be wound forward. Trim the feather tip and wind it uniformly in the direction of the loop so as to cover approximately one third of the hook throat. Attach it with the help of the basic thread and cut off the surplus.

Phase 3:
After you attach the second feather, (yellow coloured) onto the spot where you finished winding the grey, pull the basic thread forward. With the help of a clip, wind the feather in regular winds, until you cover the second third of the hook throat, and then clasp it with two or three winds of the basic thread.

Phase 4:
Attach the third and the fourth feathers (black coloured) and fasten them with the help of a basic thread which needs to be pulled toward the loop. Make the last row of winds in order to cover the rest of the hook throat.

Phase 5:
After you attach the feather with a few winds of the basic thread, shape a small head and make the finishing knot. Cut off the feather surplus with small scissors and finish the set up with a drop of glue and a drop of black polish.

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You can tie this sort of fly in various ways. Some models consist of only one feather, wound around the entire hook shank. The others are derived from CDC*. You can choose one-coloured, bi-coloured or tricoloured palmers.



Remonter   * feather: or a hackle, cock feather used for construction of artificial fly legs; keeps flies on the water.
* CDC: a shortened version of the french word “cul de canard”, meaning feather from duck's pituatary gland which, thanks to its natural impermeability secured by the oil secretions from the pituatary gland, features great floatibility.

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