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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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A Question: Your top three

Besides the classifieds (because I'm a hopeless gear whore) I browse the Hooks, Feathers and Floss sub forum here the most. I have painfully little to offer so I don't say much until the drool and amazement over come me.

I think that I'm getting my tying space in order to commit to tying some spey flies. I'd like to ask you all though, what are your top three spey flies that you must have to fish? If you care to share photos and patters, great, if not I'm adept at finding my way around the internet where such details might be rustled up. The real reason for me to ask is that I, of course, want to tie in order to fish for success for steelhead. I can't possibly tie them all, but once I see some common listings in your top three I'll have a place to start.

On a side note, to the amazing fly tiers here, thank you for sharing your artistic presentations. They are mind blowing. The good news is that mine will look humble enough to fish whereas many of yours would never leave my mantle!

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How about 3 summer and 3 winter flies

For winter I like Marty Sheppard's Metal Detector, It has been a productive Tube fly for me.

Then there is always The Intruder

I also like tying the Mahoney. In red and Purple. I have not had much success with the fly, but they just look cool.


For Summer I like to tie Muddlers, I copy the pattern That Marty and Dec have on the video. I also like tying the Lum plum. and a Steelhead coachman. all three of these have been productive.

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#1 purple general practitioner sz4
#2 night dancer sz4 &6
#3 skunks, peacock spyders, max canyon and some home brew speys
the purple g.p. has been my #1 fly wether it be a dark day or bright, caught my first steelie, most steelies and my biggest. the night dancer is second by a little, it was absolutely amazing this fall when the temps were still above 50.
hope this helps, not sure if you actually wanted speys only???? sorry if i strayed
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the only SPEY fly that I fish is a Lady Caroline, my less-than-historically-perfect version, such as it is. I dabble in others for fun, but carry very few patterns on the water, and this one fills an important niche for me.

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Are you looking for the top three spey flies or top three steelhead flies? I tie and fish a number of fly that have a spey influence but none are true speys. You could call them contemporary spey's and Dee's.

Pretty In Pink a aykroyd strip wing kind of thing, this fly rocks year round



The Swing Shift



The DH Spey not a spey but it does have long flowing hackles.



This one is out of Dec's book and is the closest thing to a spey that I tie.

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Dammm If any of those last 4 are crowding the box I'll gladly take them off your hands

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A 3/0 Black King has to be in my box when I go fishing.

that's really the only spey fly i fish with much regularity

though two others i would look at are
the Akroyd
and the Dunt

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I fish a couple of "spey-ish" flies in the summer.....Both Joe Howell ties.

The Silver Streak sees quite a bit of underwater time for me. Its cousin, the Orange Streak, sees less action.

In the winter I occasionally tie on a design of mine called the Goofy Grape. It is certainly "spey-ish."

Of those flies, only the Silver Streak is is in my 3 fly starting lineup for steelhead (if that is what you are asking about).

Summer: Night Dancer, Silver Streak, Steelhead Muddler
Winter: Three marabou patterns, each with a claret marabou shoulder and bronze mallard wing (which is really needless..but it makes me feel traditional). My favorite is silver tinsel bodied with two orange marabou
feathers wrapped. After that I often tie on a red tinsel bodied, black marabou pattern. The third is an orange floss body, white marabou pattern.

I call them the Widget, Black Rat and White Rat. Those ties are hardly original....probably everybody ties up a version. They certainly aren't "spey-ish."
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I would say:

#1 Black Heron

#2 Akroyd (with Lady Amherst or white wings)

#3 Lady Caroline

If i could add a fourth, it would be any form of the Green Butt Skunk
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My favorites (if forced to use only three) are Syd Glasso's Orange Heron and Black Heron in sizes 2 -- 3/0 with tented wings as he tied them and the traditional Purple King in sizes 4 -- 1.
As mentioned above, pick any patterns you like and fish them with confidence over fish and you will hookup.

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Marty, good point, I guess I'm not really bound to spey flies, just the flies that we choose to chase steelhead. I've been tying a lot of intruders and articulated patterns with lots of fur and feathers. I have begun to tie some speys, dees and more contemporary flies I guess. I'd hate to let my hands insult the true classics.

Halcyon, I've been browsing a very fine web site where there are tutorials. The Orange and Black Herons have been flies I've been trying (with some modifications due to supplies on hand). I'm pretty sure you know the site, the Black Heron Tutorial is the first in the list of steelhead flies. I'm trying to think who turned me onto that particular site...

Thank you all. Sorry for the party foul of asking for a virtual peek into your fly boxes but those that know me know that I'm dumb enough to ask and appreciative of any response I might get.

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#1 Orange Heron
#2 Lady Caroline
#3 Thunder n Lightning
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Close to Spey Hurricane;

1. Carron
2. Lady Caroline
3. Orange heron

All as shrimp imitations, for atlantics. I choose #2 hooks as the largest I tie for speys... just my personal preference.

Mumbles, pull up a seat! Don't be shy to post your flies. There's lots of constructive comments here!
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I would have to say:

1. Lady Caroline
2. Sparse GP dark
3. Caddis Skater
4. Orange Heron- various colors

I have lots of other flies but I allways seem to fish these.
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I've posted a few...

I've posted a few, but have been drawn into tying for a few trout trips that really was for production. Now that the chill is in the air and the few steelhead that remain are nosing their way home I figure it is time to tidy up my tying area (working on that always), get a more comfortable chair (did that last weekend) and throw on a sweatshirt and lap blanket (my tying area is in the unheated garage where I'm exiled for tying because I'm a slob)...and get to tying.

I've not only printed this so I have visuals of the four that Marty posted, many thanks, but also scribed out a list from all the input thus far. I'll spend some lunch hours on google finding photos (visual really helps me) and patterns so that I can start to try these out. I've got more than enough winter steelhead/salmon flies to fish than I need, but tying in my cold corner of the garage brings me relaxation.

For anyone new reading this, in one day, having asked what to tie, you can tie two of each of the above and have a fly box that is full! Thanks all.

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