Tag Archives: Spey Flies

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


“Mahoney” Spey Fly – Rich Youngers

This is a really great looking spey with a red and black theme. It was originated by Dec Hogan in honor of Jerry Mahoney from Seattle Washington. This is a great fly for later winter and spring runs of steelhead. This is a step by step tutorial placed into a video. Hope to see more from Rich, and perhaps some video in the future.

Hook: McNeese Blue Heron hook in sizes 1, 2, or 3 or Alec Jackson 2051 Spey fly hooks size 3/0, 1.5, or 3.
Thread: Red 6/0
Body: Rear 1/3 Red Lagartun floss, balance Red STS dubbing
Rib: Flat pearl Mylar folowed by medium oval silver tinsel
Hackle: Black Spey Schlappen, one side stripped
Collar: Red guinea
Wing: Four matching hackle tips from a red rooster neck


101 green Butt Skunks

101 Green Butt Skunks

Dan Callaghan, the angler credited with creating the Green Butt Skunk passed away in 2006. He left behind some passionate friends who have decided to create this project to benefit the North Umpqua Foundation, a cause that was close to his heart.

101 tyers of all calibers baned together to twist up 101 variations of his patented pattern. Tyers such as Alec Jackson, John Schewey, George Cook, Frank Amato, Trey Combs, Simon Gawesworth, Dec Hogan, Ronn Lucas and a ton of other notable tyers have all donated a fly to the cause.

The flies have been photographed and are on display on Joel La Follette’s website. The 101 flies are being mounted and will be unveiled on February 25th. They then embark on a cross-country tour and will be auctioned off by a sealed bid in fall of 2010.

If you didn’t get a chance to submit a fly, but are interested, Joel is still accepting flies and will post them to the site. Check the bottom of the page for details on how to submit.

101 Green Butt Skunks
101 Green Butt Skunks

The Dan Callaghan Memorial Fly Plate is a project I started just after Dan passed away almost four years ago now. It’s been a labor of love and has offered me a chance to meet some of the Northwest’s best fly tyers and steelhead anglers. In putting this collection together my intent was not to showcase the Green Butt Skunk as a revolutionary fly pattern, as it is not, but to show the influence a single, simple act had on tyers and anglers from all over the world.

By building this collection and offering it up for bid I hope to raise not only money for the North Umpqua Foundation in Dan’s memory, but awareness of things that are too important to lose. Each tyer that offered up a fly has some connection to Dan, the North Umpqua or simply a love for wild fish and the places they swim.

Looking at the collection you see the common thread that runs through each fly, but you also see the individuality of the tyer. Personalities come out into the open as the tyers weave their own magic into these little works of art. Age, background, experience and personal philosophy are included with the feather, fur and steel. It is truly a collection that comes from the heart and soul of each tyer.

As this collection makes it’s way around the state I hope that people get the chance to see all of these things and find their own inspiration. Perhaps it will awaken a desire to protect and preserve things that are important to all of us.

Joel La Follette

You can al follow the project online on Facebook – click here