This beautiful version of Bob Borden's fly, the Borden Special, is tied by Scott Howell. You can see more of Scott Howell's flies at The Flies of Scott Howell. See his notes about it below.
Original (plus Variant) Rx for 'The Borden Special'
HOOK - Size #4 through #6
1X Long, Sproat Bend
TAG - Danville #12 Silver
Mylar Tinsel (tied short to provide lift to Tail)
TAIL - A blend of 2 parts
Hot Pink and 1-part Hot Yellow Saddle Hackle fibers (tied long)
BODY - Hot Pink Rabbit Fur
RIB - Danville #12 Silver
WING - (legal) Polar Bear
under fur or White Kid Goat hair
COLLAR - (oversized or tied
long) 4 turns Hot Yellow Hackle followed by 8 to 9 turns of Hot Pink Hackle
HEAD 'Black 6/0 Danville
Conceived in 1961 by Bob
Borden, the Borden Special was originally designed for fishing sea-run 'Cuts' in
Oregon Coastal waters and the Siletz River.
This versatile shrimp-colored pattern has proven to be very effective for
hooking up Pink and Coho Salmon as well as Summer Steelhead.
Mr. Borden's wonderful fly is also a must-have for anglers and guides
throughout British Columbia when fishing 'in the salt' during autumn months.
In addition to being a renowned anger and fly tyer, Bob Borden is also
the proprietor of HareLine Dubbin in Monroe, Oregon. http://www.harelinedubbin.com/index.html
HOOK 'Alec Jackson
Spey (Daiichi #2051), Size #7 - #1.5
TAG 'Fine Silver Oval
Tinsel and Shrimp Pink Floss
TAIL 'GP Crest under Hot
Pink Hackle fibers
BODY ''HareLine Shrimp
Pink Flat Diamond Braid, 'HareLine Fl. Pink STS Trilobal Dub
RIB 'Small Oval Silver
Schlappen under Hot Pink Schlappen under a few turns of Natural Mallard Flank
WING 'Polar Bear or
White Calf Tail accented with sparse Pearl Green/Olive Lite Brite
HEAD 'Yellow Danville
6/0 unwaxed Flymaster thread