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