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The Cross Fitch
An original creation by Ard Stetts

The Cross Fitch

Name The Cross Fitch
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook Single salmon
Thread Black
Tag Four or more turns of the French braid or twist type tinsel. Although hard to get to lie flat to the hook this was my choice
Tip Golden yellow floss
Tail An upswept golden pheasant crest feather
Butt Black ostrich herl
Body Black single strand floss
Ribbing Two pieces of embossed French tinsel tied in opposing angles and wound forward in opposite rotations creating a crisscross effect
Throat Guinea fowl body feather dyed golden yellow
Wing Fitch tail hair; The Fitch is a member of the Ferret and weasel family, you can substitute here if need be
Cheek The very tips of a pair of small golden pheasant tippets
Topping Optional, Golden pheasant crest
Head Built up then lacquered black tying thread

The Cross Fitch was designed and tied by Salmonfly.Net Contributing Fly Tyer and author, Ard Stetts. You can see more of Ard's flies at The Flies of Ard Stetts. See his notes about this fly below.

Ard's Notes: The Fitch Tail is an old hair wing Atlantic Salmon fly. This pattern is an original creation by Ard Stetts. In thinking on renditions for black and brown Pacific salmon flies I often rely on materials that have proven themselves to be effective when used in other fly patterns. In this application I used a classic approach and added my own cross winding of the ribbing to produce a fly that I found to be interesting to the eye of both the creator and the fish.

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