Tying Video – The Orange Mallard

The Orange Mallard is one of my favorite “quick” flies to tie and fish.  It is basically a wet fly, which are one of my most favorites of flies, but the overall construction is a little more relaxed.  That means I do not have to fret too much about everything being “just so” in the finished fly.  It is tied for casting to panfish, which are not that finicky and thus if the wings are not perfect or  the dubbing is not tapers just right you will still have fun tying the fly and fishing it.  I came across this pattern many years ago on the Warmwater Fly Tyer web site and it was called the Orange Teal.  I did not have any Teal feathers at the time so I substituted Mallard Flank instead.  It has since become a staple in my panfish box that has produced many fish over the years.

The Orange Mallard is a wonderful pattern to learn the basics of wet fly construction.  It has all of the pieces and parts of a traditional “wet fly” and is very forgiving to fly tiers that are new to this style of fly.  I did not add any weight to the fly in the video but you certainly can if you need the fly deeper in the water column.  A cone or a bead would also add weight as well as a little more attraction to the fly.  I have  only ever tied this fly in Orange, simply because it works so well I do not need other colors, but you could tie it in different colors if you wanted.  I think an Olive, Brown or Black would work well.  If you are a fan of the White Bass run in the spring around the Midwest, I think an all white fly with a gold cone on the front would work wonderfully.  What ever your needs, experiment and have some fun.


Hook:Mustad 9672 #8
Thread:Danville 6/0, Fl. Orange
Tail:Mallard Flank Fibers, Orange
Rib:Danville Oval Tinsel, Gold
Body:Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing, Firehole Orange
Wing:Mallard Flank Fiber, Orange
Collar:Hen Breast, Orange

The weather is really warming up around us and I am sure it is in your area as well.  Tie up some Orange Mallards and look for more panfish flies in the coming weeks.

If you would rather purchase some Orange Mallard flies there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

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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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