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: Steelhead Fly of the week – Lady Caroline


Charlie
05-17-2006, 03:22 PM
This fly, of British origin was named after Lady Caroline Gordon-Lennox, who was the daughter of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in Scotland. It is probably the most well known of any spey flies and still holds a reputation as one of the deadliest flies of all time. It was originally developed for Atlantic Salmon but west coast and great lakes steelhead fisherman have adopted it for there own use. The recipe I have listed below is one of the most common dressings for the fly but I don’t think it is the original.


Hook: Up eye salmon hook
Tag: Fine silver oval tinsel.
Tail: Golden pheasant red body feather.
Rib: Flat gold tinsel and silver oval tinsel, gold wire as a counter rib.
Body: 2 parts brown dubbing, 1 part olive dubbing mixed.
Body hackle: Grey heron hackle.
Throat: Golden pheasant red body feather as a collar
Wing: Brown mallard.
Head: black

Igor
05-18-2006, 06:14 PM
Another lovely dressing, Charlie - and very true to the spirit of the original.

Igor

flytyer
05-19-2006, 12:33 AM
Charlie,

This classic salmon fly is one I always have in my box during summer/fall because it is very effective for steelhead. I also carry some that are modified into true low-water mallard wing wets for when the rivers are at their lowest and the steelhead are very wary and prone to spooking.

The low-water version is tied with all the materials except spey hackle. Instead of spey hackle, a small blue-eared pheasant feather or dark dun Whiting American Hackle is tied in at the shoulder (only 2-3 turns) so that it doesn't quite reach the end of the tail. This is then followed by 1 1/2 turns of a smaller G.P. breast feather. The wing is tied on last.

chromedome
05-20-2006, 11:11 PM
Beautiful tie, Charlie. For awhile there, I was reading everything I could get my hands on where greased line fishing was concerned. This pattern kept coming up a lot, probably more than any other.

chromedome
05-27-2006, 01:11 PM
I'm now intrigued by this pattern enough so that I might actually try to tie some up. It looks fairly straight forward except for one thing. The grey heron is illegal from what I've read. I've seen advice on substitutes for this in earlier readings, and did more digging yesterday. I see blue eared pheasant mentioned and a dyed hackle from Whiting. But I have yet to read anything that convinces me that someone has come up with a sure fire substitute for the heron. Does anyone have any further thoughts on this?

Charlie
05-31-2006, 03:11 PM
Bill,

Blue-eared pheasant is one of the best Subs for heron. Get your hands on some. The stuff from Whiting is inconsistent. I have seen some that is very good and some that is bad. One of those things that you have to look at before you get it.

Charlie.

chromedome
05-31-2006, 11:51 PM
Bill,

Blue-eared pheasant is one of the best Subs for heron. Get your hands on some. The stuff from Whiting is inconsistent. I have seen some that is very good and some that is bad. One of those things that you have to look at before you get it.

Charlie.

Thanks Charlie