Mrs Simpson

This New Zealand pattern makes a great representation of something big and meaty found on the bottom of either rivers trout1 °r 'a'<eS—'any^'n9 ^rom a sma" t0 a dragonfly nymph, even a crayfish, at a pinch. Because it is designed to fish deep, it is l^Lj invariably tied with an underbody of lead wire, over which are Rainbow wound turns of water-absorbent chenille in various colors. The wing, however, is the most interesting part of this fly, comprising overlapping layers of rump feathers taken from a cock ring-necked pheasant. Sometimes known as church windows, due to their patterning, these feathers are fixed to the sides of the body rather than to the top and bottom.


Squirrel Tail Fly




Lead wire

Red chenille

Cock ring-necked pheasant rump feathers

Black squirrel tail hair


Size 2-8 3X

Mrs Simpson Fly

4 Prepare a second, identically sized feather in the same way. Catch the feathers in on both sides of the body so that the tips project a short distance past the end of the hook.

3 Secure the chenille close to the eye and trim the excess. Select a feather from the saddle-patch of a male ring-necked pheasant. Strip away the waste fibers from the base to leave a section of bare stem.

2 Take 3 inches (7.5cm) of red chenille and prepare it by exposing a short section of the core from one end. Catch in the chenille at the base of the tail, using the bare core section, and wind it over the lead wire.

IFix the hook in the vise and wind on close turns of lead wire, leaving a short bare section of shank to the front and rear. Secure in place with tying thread and catch in a tuft of black squirrel tail hair as the tail.

Mrs Simpson Fly

6 Select a third and final pair of feathers and apply them in the same way as before. Secure in place with tight thread turns and remove the waste hackle stems. Complete by forming a small, neat head and cast off.

5 Prepare another pair of feathers and secure them in place on both sides of the first two. They should be staggered so that the tips of the second fall slightly short of the first.

Brown trout

Rainbow trout

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  • claire
    How to fly tie a mrs simpson?
    8 years ago

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