You only think you've seen 'spey sized' feathers!

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by fredaevans, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. fredaevans Active Member

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    until you see the ones/colours that come out of Siskiyou Aviary here in Ashland. Picked up a package today and it was a "Oh My God" response to what I was looking at. Pricie at first glance, but each feather is huge and will make a considerable numbers of fly's ... even ones 4-5 inches long. Enjoy!!

    http://www.siskiyouaviary.com/feathers.html
  2. Brian Scott Member

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    Which type of spey feathers did you spring for?
  3. fredaevans Active Member

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    Went for the Rhea's in four different colours. Always wanted to try my hand at 'Intruders,' but never had feathers (webbing?) long enough to do any good. Think I'll do them up on waddington shanks with a short 'trailer' hook.

    Fred
  4. Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    I agree! Kate's Super Spey Rhea feathers are quite impressive.
  5. speyfisher Active Member

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    Hey Fred

    I want to see the finished product. And be with you when you fish them. I've been an intruder fan as well as a Rea feather fan for years. Tie them up with an up eye, short shank, light wire trailer hook, on a loop of 25# fire wire. If it hangs up, you can straighten out the hook, get your fly back, replace the hook, and you're back in business. Sometimes.:cool:
  6. fredaevans Active Member

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    Hey Fred


    Had to laugh when I read Jim's comments above. Doubt with 8-10 # leader material I'll get anywhere near "straighting out the hook.":eek:
  7. Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Steelhead are stupid. I use 15-20lb flourocarbon and have noticed no decrease in takes from the lighter stuff. Go heavy and save your flies.

    Peace,
    Andy
  8. Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    Just tie on the "cable" Maxima 10 or 12 pound and dont wory about losing a thing. If I am going to lose a fly, the sink tip is going with it!
    Chris
  9. fredaevans Active Member

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    :thumb:iagree Exactly! Better 3 cents worth of leader material and 20 cents worth of self tied fly than a $20 tip.:rofl:
  10. speyfisher Active Member

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    20 cents a fly for Super Spey Rhea hackled intruders? And did you mention waddington shanks? Where do I get in line? :eek:
  11. crobarr New Member

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    redshed has the rhea you want also.
  12. fredaevans Active Member

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    Well I grant your point when you 'insert' the word "Super Spey Rhea." At a fiver a feather make that a buck fifty per fly.:)
  13. speyfisher Active Member

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    Losing flies,,,,and tips

    Having lost a number of these, both flies and sometimes not only the sink tip, but the whole front end of the fly line, I don't take too kindly to that. I ntruders take quite a bit more time to tie. And building the front taper on a Skagit line is not only time consuming in and of itself, first you have to search through a lot of line to find something that will work.

    The trick is to use a strong line for the stinger hook and a light wire hook. One thet can be straightened out if it gets hung up. Trouble is when it aint the hook that's stuck on something. But the tip gets wrapped around the rock, whatever.bawling: