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Nova Scotia Classic

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Hook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: UNI 6/0
Tag: UNI-French, Lagartun French Silk
Butt: Sealwool dubbing from Eivind Berulfsen
Tail: PT Crest
Body: UNI-Mylar
Rib: UNI-French
Underwing: Green Krystal flash
Wing: Templedog
Hackle: Veniard Chinese Cock Cape Doctor Blue

This pattern showed up at facebook on a double hook and I had to search it up and give the pattern a go. It is not exactly to the recipe I found since I had to substitute some materials, but the overal pattern is there.

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Spey Style #3/0

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Hook: Partridge Bartleet Blind-Eye #3/0
Gut: Feathers MC Twisted Silk Gut Medium
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Body: UNI-Floss White underbody, UNI-Floss Black
Rib: UNI-Mylar Silver #10, UNI-French Gold Oval Small, Lagartun Varnished French Tinsel Oval X-Strong Fine, UNI-Mylar #16 reverse to support hackle
Hackle: Spirit River Spey Hackle
Wing: Veniard Mallard Duck Bronze Large
Throat: Strung Guinea Natural

The Spey and Dee style flies have a look that attract me when it comes to style and execution, this one is a freestyle over a general spey based on the materials I have available. It turned out to be a exercise in rib and layering of the body that I haven’t done before.

I had to stretch the mallard duck to find something that would fit a hook this size, it didn’t come together perfectly: there are some strands that didn’t sit together perfectly, but I got the overall flow of the wing this time.

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The ribbing: 3 strands going over the body and one reverse over the hackle to keep it in place. Really pleased with how this came out in the end.

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The front-view of this spey fly:

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2/0 10xl red & black streamers

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0
Tag: Uni-Mylar
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Butt: Black Ostrich
Body: 3 layers of UNI-Floss White, Red/Black UNI-Floss
Rib: UNI-French, UNI Red/Black Floss
Wing: Whiting Cape – Black, Foxtail Cock Neck – Red
Shoulder: Harline Strung Guinea Natural, Jungle Cock feather, Veniard Red Crow Substitute, Jungle Cock

I really enjoy pushing the boundaries when it comes to tying flies, and this one is one of the bigger ones that I’ve tied! The 10xl Carrie Stevens streamer hook is massive to tie on and can give some challenges when it comes to planning the layout and finding the material that will stretch all the way to the end. The plan from the start was to mount these in a frame and put them on the wall, I didn’t have a pattern to go from, but was rather inspired from various images on google and some Carrie Stevens patterns to draw some knowledge from, besides that these two are a creation from my own mind, so what should I call them?

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I wanted to create something that popped out and had clean lines to look at, that’s where the two main feathers came from, the original plan was to have a read feather as the first feather on the second one but I didn’t have large enough to stretch to the end of the hook so I ended up with just changing the colors on the body for the second one. I like the lines it has and mounted together in a frame these two will be a good match to each other

2014.10.25.dryfly.me.red_black_streamer_togetherI do see some issues with the execution: the body floss is not as smooth as I would like, the guinea should have been pulled a little bit further towards the hook and the lines from the JC to the black feather is not in line. But this will be a exercise for the winter to get better on, I just need to get some more of these hooks since I’m almost out.

 

First time tying with Spey Hackle

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Hook: Partridge Adlington & Hutchinson Blind Eye #4/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0
Body: The Fly Co Seals Fur
Rib: UNI-Mylar 1/16″ Silver, UNI-Frensh Oval Silver
Hackle: Whiting Spey Brown
Wing: Veniard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulder Large

Got some spey hackle from whiting today and had to give it a testrun. This is the first time I have worked with spey hackle, and it takes some getting used to. I really like the spey style flies and will tie up more of these to get used to using the spey hackle in different situations.

Blue & Gold Spey

dryfly.me.2014.04.13.spey_blueHook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Tag: UTC French Tinsel Oval Gold Medium
Body: UNI-Floss Doc.Blue
Rib: UTC French Tinsel Oval Gold Medium
Hackle: Spirit River Spey Hackle
Throat: Guineafowl
Wing: Veniard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulder Medium

A rather quick test to work with the Mallard wing and the spey hackle. The Blue/Gold in the body came out really good and I think the spey hackle will give it a good deal of life in the water.