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The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

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    • Liggett Special Bucktail
      I first saw this fly pattern years ago while reading an article on GlobalFlyFisher written by Mike Martinek. Mike stated that he preferred to fish the Liggett Special over the Mickey Finn and claimed it as one of his all-time favorite bucktails. The bucktail was named for one Mr. Liggett, a Hathaway Shirt Co foreman. ...Continue reading
    • Martinek, Warner and Leight Flies on Auction
      This is another post for those of you hunting for some new streamers for your collection. We found a few nice specimens from Mike Martinek, Jim Warner, and Larry Leight. Larry Leight Streamer Flies Larry Leight West Trout Brook You can check out the rest of the streamers he has on offer here – Larry ...Continue reading
    • Marabou Smelt (Dick Stewart) Tied by Darren MacEachern
      The Marabou Smelt is a fly pattern created by author Dick Stewart. This pattern can be found on page 107 of Trolling Flies for Trout & Salmon authored by Dick Stewart and Bob Leeman. The Marabou smelt is a baitfish imitation that has been effective for Maine’s landlocked salmon and trout species. Tie this ...Continue reading
    • Carrie Stevens Gray Ghost, Allcock Hooks and More
      It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted any Ebay auctions on the site, but there are some notable items up for bids this week. Friend of the site and streamer contributor Ken Craigue Jr. is selling a few of his collectable items including an original Carrie Stevens Gray Ghost (originating from Don Palmer’s ...Continue reading
    • Ryan Houston tied Carrie Stevens’ Gray Ghost
      Tied by: Ryan Houston Originated by: Carrie Stevens Hook: #2 8xl Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Steamer Thread: White Tag: Flat silver tinsel Body: Orange floss / silk Ribbing: Fine flat silver tinsel Belly: 6 strands of peacock herl followed by a small bunch of white bucktail Throat: Golden pheasant crest (white schlappen) Underwing: A ...Continue re […]
    • Alaska Mary Ann Bucktail
      It is the official fly of the Alaska Flyfishers and has a storied past. I used a few hooks from my Mustad 9575 collection for this video. The hook is a similar style to the Mustad 3665A but has a looped down eye which makes for a nice spot to secure a hair wing. #98:2013 ...Continue reading

The Doc Spratley Spey

Posted by nwflytyer on January 15, 2017

One of my favorite stillwater patterns is the old Doc Spratley. Introduced to me in British Columbia some years ago, it is one of the very best searching patterns to be found on B.C. lakes.  Black, green and red are the popular body colors, and you can’t walk in a shop in the province without finding a bunch of Sprats. In larger sizes, it’s fished for steelhead.  

Tying some Green Butt Skunk Speys recently (similar body construction), I decided to tie a couple of the “Spey” versions of my old B.C.favorite:

General Recipe:

Hook:  Partridge 10/1 , #1 (as pictured)

Tag (optional):  Flat silver tinsel

Tail:  Guinea, real, or grizzly hackle fibers 

Rib:  Silver tinsel

Body:  Fluorescent green floss (optional) followed by black seal’s fur or similar 

Hackle:  Black (omitted on trout version)

Throat/Collar:  Guinea, teal, or grizzly hackle

Wing:  Ringneck pheasant tail fibers

Head:  Peacock herl

A peacock butt is a nice variation, and a few strands of peacock herl added to the wing can add a little color. 

Try ’em in trout sizes for your next northwest lake outing and fancy things up a bit if you want to swing one for steelhead. Enjoy!


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