Pink Lady Fly Pattern Tying Instructions, Colors & Materials

the pink lady fly on the vice.
The pink lady fly can be made in many colors and variations to get the fish to bite.

Materials You’ll need to Tie the Pink Lady Fly

  1. Hook – Mustad SL53UBL or 36890 sizes 8 to 1 
  2. Thread – 6/0 3/0 color to match fly
  3. Weighted – Optional
  4. Tail- Pink Krystal Flash  
  5. Body – Florescent Pink Fine Ultra Chenille
  6. Hackel – Pink (light) 
  7. Wing – Florescent Pink Marabou

How To Tie the Pink Lady Fly 

  1. Wrap the thread to the rear of the hook.
  2. Tie in a short Krystal Flash tail.
  3. Tie in the Ultra Chenille for the body and wrap it forward. Leave enough room for the hackle and wing.
  4. Tie in one pink hackle and make three tight wraps.
  5. Tie in a small amount of fluorescent pink marabou on top of the hook for your wing and secure it.
  6. Tie off and secure the marabou.
  7. Build your head and secure it.

Specialize your Pink Lady Fly

  1. If you want to weight this fly, wrap thin lead wire .015 the length of the hook.
  2. I have also seen this fly tied with a small cone head. 
  3. I also like to use a light colored hackle so the Ultra Chenille body shows through when it gets wet.

The Pink Lady Fly makes Quick, Easy and Versatile Fly Fishing

There are many variations of this pattern. I tie this one for salmon and steelhead. It also works for trout and a bigger version works well for smallmouth bass. This is a very easy, simple and quick fly to tie. You can fill up your fly box fast. You can tie the Pink Lady fly in any color or combination, and it will work providing the fish cooperate and want to dine on your choice of color.

Other Colors for the Pink Lady Fly 

I used pink for this fly; but purple, chartreuse, black and yellow all work. Experiment and tie some solid colors and some combo colors. Because the color that worked today often will not work tomorrow.

How To Fish with the Pink Lady Fly

There is no set way to fish the Pink Lady fly. You can fish it like a nymph: dead drift, and let it swing. Or use a slow, fast figure eight retrieve. Some anglers fish it like a streamer varying the speed with short, long, fast, slow strips. You’ll have to experiment and find what the fish want. As you know, it can change by the hour or day.

So, tie some up; and when all your other patterns aren’t working, tie one of these on and let it swing. I bet you won’t be disappointed.

Original Article By Brad Berlin

About The Author

Brad Berlin has been tying flies and fishing many of the local streams in the northeast, especially central Pennsylvania, for over 20 years.  He guides on areas streams and the Susquehanna River. Brad teaches classes in fly tying and casting. He enjoys fishing the tributaries of Lake Ontario in the fall.

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