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The Claret Brown – Spey Plate Tying Fun

Posted by nwflytyer on November 2, 2015

I’ve been working on a few flies for my Spey Plate ’16 contribution. I usually tie multiple versions with material variations,  different hook sizes/styles, and perhaps a different tying method or two, and this year is no different. First, let’s re-state Kelson’s recipe with the note that in Salmon Flies, he mentioned using Crowned Pigeon as the body hackle (instead of heron):

The Claret Brown 
​Tail: ​A few fibers of yellow Macaw
Body: ​Three turns of orange Pig’s wool, followed by claret-brown Pig’s wool
Ribs: ​Silver tinsel
Hackle: ​Grey Heron from center
Throat: ​Gallina
Wings: ​Two strips of plain cinnamon Turkey and a topping
Horns:​ Red macaw

Source: ​‘Land and Water’ Salmon Flies, 1896-1902, George M. Kelson
Fly #1 using cinnamon speckled turkey for the wings and adding jungle cock for dramatic effect…

Fly #1

 

Fly #2 tied on a ~1/0 std wet fly hook. A true quick ‘n’ dirty fishing fly…

Fly #2

 

Fly #3 using Kori bustard for the wing and crowned pigeon for the hackle.

Fly #3

None of the heads are presentation quality yet.  How many more to tie? I’ll post them here…

 

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One Response to “The Claret Brown – Spey Plate Tying Fun”

  1. Clark Lucas said

    The Pattern says Silver Tinsel and does not mention a counter oval tinsel. I had to dress on with a counter and without. Found this in GMK, “Salmon Fly”: Wings: Two Strips of Glen Tana Gled and a Topping. I used Shewey’s Gled dyed Turkey strips and will do another with Cinnamon Turkey Strips, sending you two flies on different hooks, PB 2/0 REF CS10/3 and AO Feather’s Limerick 3/0 long Sproat Blind eye. Hope to mail the flies tomorrow

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