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Atlantic Salmon Wet Fly

John C. Cosseboom introduced this fly on Nova Scotia's Margaree River in 1922, first tied as a streamer. The salmon fly version has since become one of the most popular patterns on North American rivers. It is also called the Cosseboom Special, to distinguish it from other patterns and variations in the Cosseboom series of flies.

The originator preferred flies with red heads, insisting that the Cosseboom be tied with red tying thread. I regard the fly highly since it has caught many fish for me, including both my first and my largest salmon.


Thread:   White 8/0 UniThread

 Hook:     Partridge Bartleet Supreme salmon hook sizes 2, 4, 6

 Tip:        Extra fine oval silver Lagartun varnished French tinsel

Tail:       Green Antron Body Wool

Rib:       Medium Oval Silver varnished French Tinsel

 Body:     Green Antron Body Wool

 Wing:     Grey Squirrel over 4 strands yellow Krystal Flash

 Hackle:  Yellow hen hackle, collar style, & folded backward

 Head:     Fluorescent red 8/0 UniThread finished with

                2 coats Angler's Corner Glossy Head Cement.