Crawdad & Spawning Purple

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Dave McNeese, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. Dave McNeese One of the OLD guys

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    Sheridan, Oregon
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    Winter steelhead flies. Tied these last night of patterns that I developed 25 years ago. These are pretty easy flies to tie.

    Crawdad (on the left)

    silver tag
    tail- GP crest dyed red
    body- hot orange seal
    rib- oval silver
    hackle- large bronze mallard
    throat- long orange hackle
    wings- pinch of GP tippet, followed by 4 red GP crest feathers
    fly size 4-1/0
    ( I use the reject bronze mallard for this hackle that won't cut it for spey wings)

    Spawning Purple

    silver tag
    tail- long orange polar bear, length of shank
    body- florescent orange floss, with hot orange seal, spun
    hackle- 3 turns of orange, 3 turns of purple, 2 turns of lg. guinea
    wings- purple neck hackle
    fly size 8-2/0

  2. Fishunter Member

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    Centralia, Washington
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    Where can I purchase GP crest dyed red?
  3. Dave McNeese One of the OLD guys

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    Check your local flyshop, or a catalog should have them.
    If you don't want to use GP dyed red, use red saddle hackle for both the tail and the wing.

  4. Big K1 Large Member

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    Duvall, WA, U.S.A.
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    Thanks Dave!
  5. davpot davpot

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    Cornelius, Oregon
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    ;) Beautiful flies as usual Dave. Interesting you should call the first fly a "crawdad'. Thats the first time Ive heard anyone make the link between spey/Dee flies and crawdads. Use Dees extensively for cutts, and have always held that that is just what they imitate. Great colors. Sorry we dont see those anymore w/o extensive looking or self dying! :beer2:
  6. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Graham, WA, USA.
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    Awesome Dave. Always love the spawning purple (like it in the spey version too).

    That crawdad would do well. Actually, never thought about Dee's looking like crawdads. Good point.