Stan Lowe ties a Pike Fly?

Welcome to “Tie Your Own Flies with Stan Lowe”. Some things just need to be seen to be believed. Stan guides you though this “floater” pike fly pattern and shows the viewer how to properly use glue and how to avoid injury at the vise.

Stan Lowe’s Pike Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Pike
Thread: Black
Tail: White Fishair
Body: Deer hair


Youtube Channel: Samuel Johnson
Youtube Video: The Art of Fly Tying (IAC) Ep.1


Heggeli Spey Fly tied by Davie McPhail

The Heggeli Spey Fly is of course a Spey style fly which uses a traditional method of tying. Davie offers some great little tips in his tying tutorial to help with some of the challenges that tyers, both beginners and experienced, encounter tying this type of fly. Adding a little super glue under the tag is a great tip. It keeps the tinsel in place and also prevents it from slipping down the hook once it’s been wet. Oval tinsel can expand in the water, and by using the extra adhesive, will prevent the fly from coming apart prematurely.

Davie uses a ringneck pheasant rump feather rather than a blue-eared pheasant feather for this fly. If you can find a large ringneck pelt, it should supply a plentiful supply of suitable hackles. The blue-eared pheasant can be pricy and hard to find, so this alternative is a welcome suggestion. It is best if you can have a look at the rump before purchasing as the ringneck rumps can be on the smaller side.

Lastly, Davie offers some great tips for setting the wing on the Spey fly. Using bronze mallard and some dubbing wax, Davie expertly ties this fly. I’m sure it’ll take the beginner at least a few tries, but well worth the effort when you can finally present a well tied Spey.

Heggeli Spey Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Spey Style size 2
Threads: UTC-140 and Uni-8/0 Black
Tag: Oval Silver Tinsel
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Body and Throat Hackle: Ringneck Pheasant Rump
Wing: Bronze Mallard
Eyes: Jungle Cock
Head: Black


Youtube Channel: Davie McPhail
Youtube Video: Heggeli Spey Fly pattern


Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller tied by Bob Reece

This small caddis nymph pattern was developed by Shea Gunkel and tied in the video by Bob Reece. The Splatte Roller is pretty straight forward as far as the tying goes, but this tiny fly packs a lot of punch for fishing deeper pools on small water runs. You may run into a bit of difficulty when applying the top coat of epoxy to the fly. Just be sure to go slow and try not to get it into the thorax dubbing and legs. If you are tying quite a few, you may want to tie the fly in stages and apply epoxy or UV resin to the abdomen first before tying in the legs and thorax. Either way, the epoxied fly is near bullet-proof and should last quite a number of fish. You can add a little bit of lead wire behind the bead if you find more weight is needed.

Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern recipe

Hook: Umpqua JB01 #12-18
Bead: Black Tungsten
Thread: 70 denier (8/0) chartreuse (abdomen) black (thorax)
Ribbing: Black small wire (UTC)
Legs: 24 strands Wapsi Fluoro Fiber
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dubbing
Topcoat: Epoxy


Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern
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