The Black Mirage is one for nights on cold, spring rivers when early-running sea-trout can be tempted by a substantial fly, often with flashes of silver and blue. Tying by Steffan Jones.
Materials list for the Black Mirage
Tube: 1-2.5 inch aluminium tube
Body: Black floss with large opal Mirage tinsel over. Coat with superglue
False hackle: Royal blue schlappen
Wing: Black bucktail, Eumer Arctic fox tail 2XL black, three strands of peacock-black Krinkle Mirror Flash, three strands of peacock-black Krystal Mirror Flash, 4-6 strands peacock herl over
Cheeks: Jungle cock (optional)
Head: Fire orange Uni-thread 6/0
Step 1. Fix the tube securely on the mount and run on black tying thread a short distance from the rear end. Catch in a length of black floss.
Step 2. Wind the tying thread along the tube in an open, evenly spaced spiral. Cover the turns of thread with identically spaced turns of floss.
Step 3. Secure the floss at the front of the tube and remove excess. Catch in some opal Mirage tinsel and wind it along the tube in close turns.
Step 4. Wind the tinsel down the tube then back over itself to form a double layer. Apply a coat of superglue to the body and leave to set hard.
Step 5. Run on orange tying thread then apply a false hackle of schlappen fibres. Catch in a few fibres of black bucktail to support the wing.
Step 6. Take a slim bunch of black Arctic fox tail and remove damaged fibres. Secure it on top of the bucktail with tips projecting past the tube end.
Step 7. Trim away the ends of hair then catch in three strands each of peacock-black Krinkle Mirror Flash and peacock-black Krystal Mirror Flash.
Step 8. Add four to six strands of peacock herl over the top of the main wing before adding
cheeks of jungle cock.
Step 9. Fold back the stems of the jungle cock feathers and secure with thread, then apply a whip finish. Add black silicone tube to the rear.