Tag Archives: Spey Fly

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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Davie McPhail – Sunburst Spey

Now this is why I love to watch Davie tie flies. Sunburst dyed Arctic fox is an amazing looking material. Davie also uses some of my favorite material, bird fur, to build the collar / hackle on this fly. The bird fur gives this fly a deadly profile. Nice work Davie!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_PxAAe8PfM[/youtube]

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Oh Canada

Happy Birthday Canada!

Here is a fly I tied for a swap last year, the Arctic Firefly. This is a pattern I found in “A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns” by Bob Jones and Paul Marriner.

Arctic Firefly

Arctic Firefly
Hook: Partridge Single Wilson
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0
Body: Silver Black Axxel Flash
Under Wing: Chartreuse Marabou
Mid Wing: Hot Pink Marabou
Flash: Silver Flash
Top Wing: Red tip dyed Marabou
Eyes: Jungle Cock Nails

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