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NrthFrk16 05-08-2001 01:17 AM

Emu Spade

Thread: Black Danville or 12/0 Benichi's
Hook: 4, 6 or 8 Alec Jackson Spey
Tail: Soft Deer Hair such as African Mouse Deer
Rear 1/3: Several Strands of Peacock Herl Twisted with Copper Wire and Wrapped Forward
Forward 2/3: 2-3 Strands of Black Emu Twisted with Copper Wire and Wrapped Forward
Hackle: Grizzly Hen or Soft, Webby Saddle

This is a variation of the fly that brought my first steelhead to hand, a chrome summer-run buck of about 12 pounds caught out of the famed Picnic Tables on the Stilly.

I fish variations of the Spade more then ever other fly combined in the summer. It is one Hell of a pattern.

sinktip 05-08-2001 10:16 AM

Great looking Spade patter Ryan. Bob Arnold would be proud!

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