How to Tie the Wood Special

Producer: Tim Flagler

This fly is called the Wood Special. It was developed by Joe Sterling of Maine back in the 60’s and has over the years found its way into many a northeast angler’s fly box.

For a hook, a Dai-Riki #700 in size 8 is a good place to start. After securing the hook in my tying vise, I’ve loaded a bobbin with a spool of UTC 70 Denier in black.

Get your thread started on the hook shank leaving an eye-length space behind the eye and take a few wraps rearward before snipping or breaking off the tag.

Small, silver mylar tinsel is used for the rib, a 10” length will make numerous flies.