Crawdad & Spawning Purple

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

  1. Dave McNeese

    Dave McNeese One of the OLD guys

    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

    Fishunter Member

    Where can I purchase GP crest dyed red?
  3. Dave McNeese

    Dave McNeese One of the OLD guys

    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

    Big K1 Large Member

    Thanks Dave!
  5. davpot

    davpot davpot

    ;) 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

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

    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.