Tail: Barred Mandarin
Hackle: Brown and grizzly tied palmer *
Body: Silver tinsel
The Bostwick is the second of a less than five wet fly patterns in Trout sporting two different colors of palmered hackles. On double-hackled palmer flies it is imperative to strip the fibers from the leading edge of both stems and then wrap both hackles together. I find this is most efficiently accomplished using my finger tips, because if the stems have any variation in shape or diameter, hackle pliers will not hold both feathers securely. It is next to impossible to wrap the hackles separately without trapping plenty of barbs. Winding both feathers together by hand affords uniform tension on the stems. Be sure to leave the butt ends long enough to facilitate this technique. See also – Beatrice, No. 17.