- Thread: Orange UTC 140 denier
- Hook: Salmon double
- Tail: Mixed orange, yellow and black bucktail
- Rib: Silver wire
- Under body: Plumber’s ptfe tape
- Overbody: Medium pearl Mylar
- Hackle: Hot orange cock hackle
- Wing: Black squirrel
- Cheeks: Jungle cock eyes.
- Tie in thread and wind down the hook shank with touching turns.
- Take small bunches of orange, yellow and black buck tail and mix them together then pull the ends so that the majority line up.
- Take the thread back up the hook shank and tie in a length of silver wire along the shank back down to the hook bend.
- Cover the shank with a strip of ptfe tape, tie in the pearl Mylar and wind this around the tape, back up the hook shank, to form a body.
- Tie in the cock hackle at the front of the hook, allowing clearance for a head.
- Palmer the hackle down the hook shank and then wind the silver wire back up to hold it in and form a rib. Cut off waste.
- Tie in a bunch of black squirrel’s hair to form a wing.
- Tie in the jungle cock eyes and then form a head with the tying thread and whip finish.
I incorporated many trigger features in this fly when I first started making it…
- Willy Gunn type tail
- PTFE tape to give the body a fluorescent appearance
- Pearl Mylar to give it some shine
- Hot orange hackle and orange head
- Jungle cock eyes
The terminator has accounted for many salmon on the Wye and I have also used it successfully on the rivers Moy in Ireland and Spey in Scotland. It is my goto salmon fly.