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Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie McPhail

This little CDC Bubble Wing Caenis tied by Davie is a magical little dry/emerger fly pattern. The bubble wing is constructed with loops of CDC and this pattern will really float high. The Canis is tied using high contrasting white and natural gray CDC which should help keep it visible in a variety of lighting conditions. This style looks promising, and I’ll be tying a few versions for this week’s trout opener.

Bubble Wing Caenis fly pattern recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 16
Thread: White Giorgio Beneccchi
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon Fibres
Body: White CDC Feather
Wing: Two Natural Grey CDC Feathers
Thorax: White CDC Dubbing

Sources

Youtube Channel: Davie McPhail
Youtube Video: Bubble Wing Caenis Fly pattern

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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

Sources

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

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Freestyle Spey Fly by Davie McPhail

Davie ties this Freestyle Spey with his usual effortless style. The chartreuse white eared pheasant dip dyed red and sunburst may be a little tricky to acquire, but the main take-away of the video is a template you can use to tie a Spey style fly. You can use other Spey hackles such as burnt goose, blue eared pheasant to even schlappen with one side stripped. Davie ties the wing with 2 sets of bronze mallard strips, a technique I haven’t seen before.

Hook: Size 2 Blue Heron or Similar
Thread: Black 8/0 UNI-thread
Rib: UTC Mirage and Oval Silver Tinsel
Butt: Chartreuse wool
Body: Black Wool
Body: Hackle, White Eared Pheasant Dip Dyed Chartreuse, Sunburst and Red
Throat: Dyed Chartreuse Mallard Flank
Wing: Bronze Mallard
Head: Fire Orange

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Davie McPhail’s Youtube page.

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