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NW Toppy
A Scott Howell Fly

NW Toppy, A Scott Howell Fly

Name NW Toppy
Category Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Partridge CS6 (Adlington & Hutchinson Blind-Eye) Size #2/0
Tip/Tag Fine Silver Oval Tinsel and Scarlet Glo-Brite Floss
Tail Yellow-dyed Calf Tail (tied short)
Butt Red Rabbit Fur under a collar of Red Saddle Hackle
Body Derek Fergus' Black "On the Take" dubbing
Body Hackle Black Hen Hackle
RibSmall Silver Oval Tinsel
CollarBlack Hen Hackle
WingNatural Grey Squirrel Tail
HeadDanville un-waxed 6/0 Fl/Fire Orange Flymaster thread

Scott Howell's NW Toppy, is a variation of the classic Toppy, originated by John Younger around 1837 for the Tweed River. Like music, flies that withstand the test of time have got to be good, and so with the Toppy. Scott has substituted some modern materials for some of the original and a suirrel tail wing for a Turkey feather wing. The squirrel wing is a nice substitute and probably give's it better action. This fly also makes a nice Steelhead fly, but Scotty has also tied a NW variation for Steelhead. See GBS (variant) NW Toppy.

You can see more of Scott Howell's flies at The Flies of Scott Howell.