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Thompson Spey Intruder

Click here for the step by step tutorial

With the popularity of the two handed rods and spey casting, intruder style flies are becoming more and more popular. The Intruder style of tying offers the fly tyer lots of room for interpretation. The flies are usually sparse along the shank with long flowing hackles used to give the pattern volume. Intruders are tied to represent shrimp, and prawns, so using materials with long flowing hackle helps to trigger the feeding instincts of Steelhead returning from the salt. Some materials that are commonly used in the construction of the Intruder are Rhea, Guinea Fowl, Ostrich, Lady Amherst tail, Polar Bear, polar chenille, marabou, schlappen, dyed white peacock and Blue Eared Pheasant.  

Phil Rowley has put together a nice tutorial based on a pattern from BC’s Scott Baker-McGarva. Phil offers an informative look at the construction and history of the Intruders. He also dives into some deeper detail on some of the materials used for tying these spey flies.

Thompson Style Intruder


Salmon and Steelhead tying contest underway

It’s time to pull out your skills as a leet tyer and put your best hook forward. The latest contest over at FFC has just launched.  Entry is limited to 20 tyers this round, let’s push to fill this one. It’s open to anyone with thread and a vise, so give it a shot. I’m thinking about tying a new fly for this contest. If I win, I’ll use it as my new blog header fly, so vote for me (pacres) when the polls open. 🙂

 FFC Salmon / Steelhead Tying Contest