Pattern "Spruce" Type flies

Jack Devlin

Active Member
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I have always been a fan of the original "Spruce Fly" for cutthroat. This past summer, I fished with a friend who likes to use "Spruce" type patterns and this inspired me to tie up some of my own.
Rather than post them individually as I did with the "Holo-Spruce", I figured I would just post them together in this one thread.
In October, the last pattern, the "Autumn Surprise", took a nice cutthroat on the first time fished first cast, hence the name "Autumn Surprise".
Jack
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Hillbilly Redneck

wishin i was fishin
#8
The Spruce tied with a red body was the very first fly I fished for SRC. Now when I tie them I try to really "splay" the wings out to get the most pulsating action as possible when stripping it in. I've never tied them in any other color variations. Those are some nice ties and I would definitely feed those to some summer steelhead.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#9
A Purple Joe is tied in the Spruce style and one of my favorites for Oregon SRC. I also tie the wings in as a "V" so they give the pattern a bit more movement when stopping during a retrieve.
 

Tacoma Red

Active Member
#10
The Spruce tied with a red body was the very first fly I fished for SRC. Now when I tie them I try to really "splay" the wings out to get the most pulsating action as possible when stripping it in. I've never tied them in any other color variations. Those are some nice ties and I would definitely feed those to some summer steelhead.


Try it with a reverse hackle, ala Sakasa Kebari
 

Hillbilly Redneck

wishin i was fishin
#12
I had to google Sakasa Kebari. I've heard of a Spider Spruce but I would not have thought of the Reversed Spider Spruce. I like it! The Reveresed Spider is my go-to SRC pattern but I've always thought of the Spruce as being more traditional. Now I can have the best of both worlds!
 
#13
I had to google Sakasa Kebari. I've heard of a Spider Spruce but I would not have thought of the Reversed Spider Spruce. I like it! The Reveresed Spider is my go-to SRC pattern but I've always thought of the Spruce as being more traditional. Now I can have the best of both worlds!
Hey you Hillbilly Redneck! :):) I have always wanted to call somebody that.:)
Here is a photo (from a book) of the original Spruce pattern that I have in mind when I tie the ones I posted.
Jack
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#15
Yes. That's the one. I noticed that I tend to tie them with the wing a little too long and it get fouled on the hook sometimes. Yours look perfect.
Most of the Spruce flies I have seen tend to have the long wing and most often it is tied high. I think it was intended to be tied like that by the originator. It often appears that way in most of the older fly tying books. I kind of do them both ways. Yes, they can foul which usually happens in casting especially when a lot of false casts are made. Happens with a lot of streamers.
By the way, thanks for mentioning the Spider Spruce. An old Steelhead pattern. I haven't tied one of them in a long time. Here is one. I see the floss is starting to unravel.
Jack
 

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