Tying Video – The Signal Light

Rounding out the year 2019 is the Signal Light.  Not certain how it “rounds out the year” but it sounded like a thing to say since it is the last fly tying video of the year.  Anyway, the Signal Light is a staple pattern for salmon and steelhead and is a very fun fly to tie.  It has all the basic elements of a small streamer fly so if you have tied streamers before it would not be hard to learn this pattern.  It can be tied in sizes ranging from a #1/0 down to about a #6 hook.  A word of caution, if you are tying salmon and steelhead flies to fished in the Midwest make certain to check the regulations on the water that you will be fishing.  Some waters have a hook size limit.  This version is tied on a standard “salmon” fly hook but I have seem it tied in a Spey or Dee style on longer shanked hooks.

I tied this one using Antron for the body but I have tied it using Ice Dub or even chenille.  Use what you have but you do want to try to keep to the Fl. Chartreuse, Fl. Orange and Black color combination.  Not that you can’t change it up to say a Fl. Yellow, Fl. Red and Black but you want to keep the bright colors because that is what attracts the fish and the bites.  I also used Schlappen for the tail and collar.  If all you have is a stiffer Rooster saddle by all means use it.  I like the action of the Schlappen but I don’t think it really makes that much of a difference to the fish.  All in all the Signal light is a fun fly to tie, it can help you work on your dubbing techniques as well as fly proportions.

HookTiemco  7999, #1/0 – #6
ThreadBlack Danville 6/0
TailPurple Hackle Fibers
BodyFl. Chartreuse, Fl. Orange and Black Antron
RibbingDanville Silver Oval Tinsel, Size 14
CollarPurple Schlappen
WingPearl and Red Flash Accent and Marabou, Black

As mentioned, the next few weeks will be more Salmon and Steelhead patterns.  I will then be tying a few Redfish patterns as I have a Redfish trip to Louisiana coming up.  If you haven’t read it yet I posted the classes I have scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2020.  You can check that out here.  Plus, there are some exciting changes coming to Dressed Irons all focused on more content and fly tying info.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Signal Light streamers there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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