Here is the fly pattern sheet for Cate’s Turkey.

Cate's Turkey |



Daiichi 1560 #14 – 16


8/0 black


Wood duck


Small gold wire


Several dark mottled turkey quill fibers from tail


Peacock herl

Beard hackle:

Wood duck


  1. Begin thread on hook and position as hook barb.
  2. Tie in sparse tail of wood duck fibers.
  3. Tie in wire rib at hook barb.
  4. Tie in a section of turkey tip first. Position thread 2 eye lengths behind hook eye.
  5. Wrap turkey forward and tie off.
  6. Tie in 1 or 2 pieces of peacock herl and take 2 to 3 turns. Tie off.
  7. Counter-wrap gold wire rib forward through body and thorax. Tie off and trim wire.
  8. Select a few wood duck fibers for the beard hackle and tie on under the head with a soft wrap to keep in place. Hackle should not extend beyond hook point. Trim excess.
  9. Whip finish.

Note: Mallard flank fibers dyed wood duck color may be substituted for the tail and beard hackle.

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