My Bright Spey Pattern


  1. My Bright Spey Pattern

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    My Bright Spey Pattern

    Hook: Partridge CS10/1 #1/0
    Thread: Black 8/0 unwaxed
    Body: Red or crimson seal fur in a small wire dubbing loop
    Body hackle: Purple ostrich tied in at the 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 body divisions
    Front hackle: Natural guinea fowl flank feather
    Wing: Chartreuse kid goat hair

    Following are the tying directions. I will tell you it looks harder than to tie that it actually is. I whipped out the dubbing brushes for all the flies one evening watching TV. I tied in the goat hair wing Ed Haas style, i.e. I tied it in backwards with the tips of the hair pointing forward, in front of the hook eye before tying in everything else. The butt ends of the hair are about even with the end of the eye's return loop. Tie in the dubbing brush at the rear and make about four wraps. The nice thing about the dubbing brush is I don't have to make 4 small dubbing loops over the course of the fly. I made about 3 to 4 wraps with the dubbing brush. I clipped a small bunch of fibers of an ostrich feather and tied them in around the bottom half of the hook shank. Dave McNeese did this years ago with some of his spey patterns, tying in small clumps every so often as he built the body instead of palmering a feather up the shank. Tie the ostrich butts down (I'm too lazy to clip the waste ends) and take another four turns of the dubbing brush. Repeat tying in the ostrich and adding turns of the dubbing brush two or three more times (the above pattern has a total of 3 clumps of ostrich). Tie off the dubbing brush. You should be just about where the goat wing is tied in. Tie in the guinea, take 2 to 4 wraps and tie off. Now fold the goat hair back. Take a few thread wraps in front of the goat hair, building up a small thread head. Then take a few wraps of thread over the goat hair to keep it laid back. The goat hair will be pushed back more and more with each wrap of thread proceeding rearward. When pleased with where the wing is, tie in the jungle cock. Trim waste, whip finish, and cement. Done! The weight of the hook bend should keep the fly bend side down while fishing, the hair wing should keep the front end up, and the ostrich fibers should point down and back, undulating up and down with the currents and stripping of the line. I hope you all enjoy! As a bonus, you determine how shaggy the body is. Pull out some to create a slimmer body and reuse the picked off hair in your next fly.

    For another view of this fly, see the 2005/6 Holiday Stress Removing Winter Steelhead Fly Swap

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    1. Cameron Derbyshire

      Steelhead, Classic Atlantic salmon flies
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      Registered: January 2005
      Location: Florence, Oregon
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      Date: 1-11-07
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    responsible for my first landed brat this winter...nice fly
    #1 1-11-07 6:37pm

    Mark Speer

    It's all good.....
    I don't tie but like to buy! Are any of your flies for sell?
    #2 1-30-07 4:11am

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