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How to Tie the Hi-Vis Coachman

The Hi-Vis Coachman combines aspects of other patterns—the Royal Coachman and the Comparadun—and add some color. What I was trying to achieve was a fly that would stay afloat yet still ride in the film and would be visible in that magic hour just before dark on a summer night. You can also see this fly when it’s riding through whitewater. In this easy-to-follow video, Flagler offers several ingenious ways to make the fly easier to tie and more durable. His use of superglue to hold the deer-hair wing in place is a simple solution to the problem of slippery materials. I also dig the way he uses the thread to control the peacock herl and the hackle as he wraps them.

Video: How to Tie the Hi-Vis Coachman

This dry fly pattern is great for small mountain streams and broken water. Brook trout especially love it. Tightline Productions makes the best fly tying videos. The Hi-Vis Coachman combines aspects of other patterns—the Royal Coachman and the Comparadun—and add some color. What I was trying to achieve was a fly that would stay afloat yet still ride in the film and would be visible in that magic hour just before dark on a summer night. You can also see this fly when it’s riding through whitewater. In this easy-to-follow video, Flagler offers several ingenious ways to make the fly easier to tie and more durable. His use of superglue to hold the deer-hair wing in place is a simple solution to the problem of slippery materials. I also dig the way he uses the thread to control the peacock herl and the hackle as he wraps them.

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