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12-12-2004 10:02 PM
Much agreed

Here-here on both counts. Very nice flies no matter.
12-12-2004 08:42 PM
speydoc Brooklynangler
Technicaly you are correct - a hair wing is not a true spey in the historic sense, however a lot of our modern "spey" flies are not true to the drab mallard roofed flies that originated on the Spey River +150 years ago. In the Pacific Northwest a modern spey fly is a fly essentialy with a long flowing hackle that moves in the current - these flies are in the process of evolution and I see no reason why we cannot incorporate a mobile material such as Artic Fox into the "melting pot"
12-12-2004 07:06 PM
Gillie I've never really thought about whether it was a spey fly or simply a wet. In Sheweys book he does have some hairwing speys (albeit very few). I've always thought whether it was a spey or not was more determined by the hackling technique and hackle length. I was inspired for many of my flies by Marc Leblanc patterns which often use hairwings. I just know I like them.

12-12-2004 06:15 PM

Is it actually possible to tie a "Spey" fly with hair?
12-12-2004 05:50 PM
speydoc Gillie
Nice tie, I have also developed a fondness for artic fox as a wing on my smaller speys. I have palmered ringnecked pheasant rump or eared pheasant hackle over the front third in place of the schlappen - dyed mallard also looks good as a spey hackle.
12-12-2004 02:58 PM
Gillie Tail: Dyed red pheasant tippett
Butt: Med Gold Oval
Body: Firery Claret SLF
Underwing: Red Arctic Fox
Overwing: Rusty Brown Arctic Fox
1st Hackle: Red Schlappen
2nd Hackle: Claret Neck

I have been having good luck with this general pattern of Arctic fox under schlappen and a collar. I just vary color patterns.
12-12-2004 01:50 PM
Charlie Very nice Gillie,

Hows about listing the pattern?

12-12-2004 01:17 PM
Gillie Trying for a better picture.
12-12-2004 01:08 PM
Red Fly

I have been working on a red fly for winter GL steelhead. I was inspired by Hunnicutts Blood on the Waters. I've done a few fish on this fly in slower winter holds. Tied a handful last night to stock the boxes for this winter.

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