Hook: Alec Jackson #1.5
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: UNI-French Medium Oval
Body: underbody of UNI-Floss, UNI-Mylar #16
Rib: UNI-French Medium Oval
Wing: Squirrel Tail
Hackle: Whiting Rooster Saddle Grizzly, Whiting Spey Grey
A silver rat on a Alec Jackson Spey #1.5 hook with Whiting spey hackle and Whiting rooster saddle front-hackle.
Since I worked through some of this pattern on the double hook I need to get some singles done as well: I start on #1/0 and work myself down to #8 on the TMC7999 salmon hook, tying up 2 of each size so that I have some to choose from when I’m in the river.
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.
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.
The front-view of this spey fly:
Tag: UNI-Floss in different colors
Body: Black Floss, Lagartun Varnished French Tinsel
Wing: Silver Fox
I started out with a single red-tag to try out some new silver fox I got the other day, but I ended up with six different UNI-Floss colors. This is a very simple tube, but the red-tag can be extremely efficient when it comes to trout (and salmon). The wing was made very slim to create a long and slim profile in the water.
A blue and a red variation of the orange and silver streamer I put up the other day. Only difference is the absence of jungle cock: I only have a small patch and until I get a full skin I’m using the eyes for more traditional salmon flies.