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Grey Heron Spey


Gotta love the look of a spey! The most recent version above is a time-intensive retie using some donated materials and a lot of CARE! The first version below was an earlier traditional re-time, and the bottom version is a concoction using basic materials and hackle-tip wings, and is one of my first ties. One of the main things I got "wrong" in my earliest spey ties was the length of the wing; one look above and below easily shows the difference between a traditional rendition and the more "streamer" style that my earlier attempts took on. The key is Practice, and as I recently also learned, the BEST QUALITY materials.

Pattern (as tied above)
Hook - Partridge Bartleet CS10/1 Size 3/0? - Gumbo donated this hook, not sure if that's the right model.
Underbody - Silver Flat Tinsel
Body - Rear = Yellow Floss, Front = Black Floss dubbed with Black Rabbit Fur
Rib - Silver Flat Tinsel
Spey Hackle - Extra Select Blue-Eared Pheasant (natural gray)
Throat / Collar - Guinea Fowl
Wing - Bronze Mallard
Thread - Black

Pattern (as tied below)
Hook - Daiichi 2161 Size 1
Body - Rear = Yellow Floss, Front = Black Floss
Main Rib - Silver Flat Tinsel
Spey Hackle - Gray
Throat / Collar - Guinea Fowl
Wing - Bronze Mallard
Thread - Black

Pattern (as tied below)
Hook - Salmon, Size 2
Body - Rear = Yellow Floss, Front = Black Floss
Main Rib - Silver Flat Tinsel
Leading Rib - Fine Oval Tinsel, Silver
Spey Hackle - Gray
Throat / Collar - Guinea Fowl
Wing - Matched Grey Hackle Tips
Thread - Black

 

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