Fly Tying the Spitfire (Classic semi-soft hackle wet fly pattern)

A variant of Don Gapen’s original Spitfire created in the early 1940s, this semi-soft hackle wet fly can be an effective pattern for any species from trout to steelhead to warmwater bass.

Hook: #6-12 wet fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Red duck or goose
Body: Black chenille (small) or black floss
Hackle: Brown hen, palmered
Collar Hackle: Guinea

Author: Matt O