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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2020, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Some first attempts

Pretty new to tying my own flies and have taken an interest in spey flies. Picked up some Mustad spey hooks and have been experimenting. So far dealing with wings has been my biggest hurdle, as well as getting a clean head on them. Picked up some veevus thread yesterday to maybe get the heads smoother. Let me know what you folks think of my first attempts and maybe throw some pointers my way.
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Thanks for sharing. I think your flies will fish just fine, and the materials are quite attractive.

I think with practice your heads will improve. You probably already know to use the minimum thread wraps to secure your materials...it's just a matter of practice and also using good wax. Wax helps to minimize the thread wraps and prevents thread slippage thus decreasing the size of your heads.

Your proportions are not bad, it seems you have started the body of your flies in a good spot for this type of hook (most beginners start too far back on most hooks). Your wings are also a reasonable length for the hooks.

Keep up the journey on a good start!

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Thanks for the tips and your thoughts! Ive been watching Davie McPhail on youtube and he uses a good amount of wax as well. I'll definitely have to start utilizing the wax more to minimize the wraps.
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You are doing a great job man! Keep it up

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Yep, great job. I'm partial to the second one, but they're all coming along nicely.
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these are fantastic efforts for being new to tying....some natural talent right there

is it just me or did you already hook a big steelhead on #2 that straightened out the hook a bit
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Well done !!
Patience and practice along with the great advise mentioned above ... some great support here


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Thanks! I wish I got a steelhead, still have yet to catch my first one. The Mustad SL53UBL seems to have quite the hook gap. Unfortunately it seems i won't be able to use these in Alaska since most rivers up there have a tight hook gap restriction.

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I am a big fan of simple flies. Hairwings tend to be a bit easier to tie than featherwings. Might I suggest you tie a dozen simple flies like skunks to hone your skills. But, like others have said, you have skills - and your flies are certainly good enough to catch fish - and that is what really matters. BTW, the bronze mallard wings on your first fly are better than most of my efforts with BM. Well done.
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Good work! Those will catch fish for sure.

I'll second what steelhead23 wrote: pick a pattern (simple at first) and tie a dozen. Each time try maybe a little different technique, or to fix something you do not like about the previous flies. I generally hate to do the same thing over and over, but did this when I first attempted a "true" spey fly, and tied a dozen Lady Carolines. The first couple mallard wings were brutal and ugly, but by the end they got better. Not good, but better. It's a good way to learn.

Also, I bet you can manually squeeze that gap closed a bit if you were so inclined.
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Spencer your first attempts look good. They are much better than my first spey-style flies. You will learn a lot from the people here on Speypages. There is a treasure trove of knowledge. Keep at it and don't hesitate to ask specific questions. Folks on this site are generous about sharing. Also, if you have not tried hairwings, they can be very elegant and they fish well too. They are a bit easier to tie because the process of setting the wing is less demanding, at least for me. Just a thought. Have fun!

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That purple looks deadly bro! I'll swing it!

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