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this will be my first spring run with the spey setup and i was wondering if any of you would be willing to give up a few good flies for swinging .i have tied three basic patterns so far purple peril,g b skunk ,and the black dress.tying the spey flies this winter has been a real learning experience.i think the above patterns are west coast style will they work for great lakes tribs .thanks and good fishing.
 

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Silverspey, I really like the first two patterns you listed and black is always a good choice. Having said that, I don't fish in the GL's area but I can tell you this, the "hot fly" will be the one you have the most confidence in. If you fished before the spey rod, use the same patterns you liked then.

If you have no prior experience, marabous and bunny leeches seem to have a great deal of fish catching wiggle. Purple, black, chartreuse, red, orange or some combo should all do the job.

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Try these old SpeyPages threads........

I'm relatively new to spey casting. However, I've been swinging spey flies, big buggers and streamers for 40+ years. So, as part of my self-education, I've spent quite a bit of time reviewing the SpeyPages Archives. Here are some valuable ones which provide lots of ideas and food for thought:

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http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=5595&highlight=intruder+pheasant

http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=22464&highlight=intruder+pheasant

http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=23468&highlight=Jones+Special

http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=5116

http://www.speypages.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/220/cat/500/ppuser/3208

http://speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=22169

http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=19560&highlight=gamakatsu+finesse
 

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Check out Kevin Feenstra's patterns at his site. Google "Fenstra Guide Service".

He has alot of streamer patterns for swinging that are pretty mean looking in the water.

Good luck!
 
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Check out Kevin Feenstra's patterns at his site. Google "Fenstra Guide Service".

He has alot of streamer patterns for swinging that are pretty mean looking in the water.

Good luck!
Second that one. Once the water warms a bit I plan to take some underwater pics of Kevin Feenstra's patterns. The one that really intrigues me is his Grease Stain Pattern. It looks absolutely awesome in the water. I am new to two handers but have been swinging with a single hander for a few years. I have had a lot of success with polar shrimp patterns and of course big buggers and egg sucking leeches. I asked a similar question on here a month or two ago and got a lot of great insight you may try looking back for other posts with the same question...
 

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thanks all for the help .i looked into feenstras spey flies and i can only hope to pull one of those off my vise .they are awsome looking flies especially the emulater my boxes could use some nice sculpin patterns .i am very excited about fishing the drifts that were unreachable with my single handed rods .i cant wait for the spring run and the aggresive steelhead that come with it.thanks again for the ideas and thank the lord for the art of tying flies.
 

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This time of year I'd focus on sculpins and parr patterns in the midwest. There are other good options, but it's hard to go wrong with those. Once the spring fish start staging, leeches can be especially deadly, with or without eggs up front.

Carl
 

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If the rivers you fish have a lot of wood consider easy and cheap patterns.
Look into the maribou flies in three basic color schemes dark, bright, and white( Black with blue and red, orange with red, and white with a little blue or chartreuse flash accent) I like to tie them on tubes and use Owner SSW or octopus hooks.
 

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well my box is just about full eg leaches,hex,wigglers,gb skunks and i even managed a few sculpins ,the sculpins look killer i cant wait to see them in the water .in the above replys carl mentioned parr patterns i have never seen any what materials go into making them.if anyone else wants to chime in please do i can always make room in my boxes for new patterns:) have a great spring guys.
 

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Silverspey,
After taking a look at your location, salmon parr may not be high on your list unless you fish waters that have natural reproduction. Where I fish there are chinook parr around this time of year. If you google chinook salmon parr images you should find some pictures. Best bet is to match the natural forage in your area.

Carl
 
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