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Silver Speal - variation

One of my favorite winter offerings



Pretty raggy lookin', but I think it fishes best that way.
The turkey wing creates a higher profile than the original pattern, I rather the mallard strips be tied in as sides than tied in as a wing.
This pattern sinks very well, very little to hold it back. The long, flowing coque hackles just dance in the current.


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Lovely pic of that Speal
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That would produce all day/all year on the St Mary’s.....no doubt. Well done
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I think I see a little bit of Black King in your pattern. The embossed silver rib improves the fly. The bronze mallard strips being used as sides to a turkey wing is a great idea for contrast.

The picture looks like a stream side shot with your Millar Mitts on.

Thanks for sharing, Mike.

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That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.
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I have had a few of this style from you and they are fantastic. This one is no different.

I'm looking at your connection point and it looks like you use a "loop to loop" to attach the flea, am I correct?

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Which way to the river?
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Awesome tie Mike. The turkey wing is so sharp you could shave with it.

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Thank you for the votes of confidence gents, however despite my best efforts, this pattern did not find a player for me yesterday. It was two new patterns that brought success

Doug, yes, definitely a standing in the river shot
The difference between the Silver Speal and Black King is the King series requires a gold and silver rib. You will notice that I hackle my Spey flies in standard fashion and do not cross wrap. Instead I add a oval tinsel and follow the oval tinsel with the hackle. This is my way in protecting the hackle from the fishes teeth.

Dan, I connect these flies with a large Double Surgeon's Loop knot, usually about 3" long. Thread through the loop eye and around the fly to tighten.


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That's a fantastic looking fly Mike!
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love it Mike, what were the two new winners? cameron
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Ooooh, that's a hum-dinger!
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That Speal's got game Mike.

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awesome fly Mike. I tied one up myself according to your SBS but it definitely doesn’t do yours justice. Question on the turkey wings..... in the past you’ve talked about separating the strips (a carron if I remember correctly) is this that setting?
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awesome fly Mike. I tied one up myself according to your SBS but it definitely doesn’t do yours justice. Question on the turkey wings..... in the past you’ve talked about separating the strips (a carron if I remember correctly) is this that setting?
Good catch !! On this fly no.
I do tie this pattern with the separated strips usually, but for late winter or cold water swinging, I prefer a bigger profile along with the movement.
This fly's wing was fashioned much like a traditional wet fly. I do the same for the Gold Purpy, Purple King, Red King and Lady Caroline ... all excellent winter GL's steelhead flies.


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Mike! This soooo good! I just keep coming back to check it out! Really like this one!
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Mike! This soooo good! I just keep coming back to check it out! Really like this one!
I'm stoked that you like it my friend


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