The Bead Head Spey Bugger
Having wanted to play around with Spey flies for Salmon and Steelhead
for some time now I was pleasantly surprised last Christmas when my wife
made me a present of a variety of Spey Hackles. After delving through Kent
Helvie's great book on Steelhead Flies and tying several of those I started
looking for other uses for Spey Hackle. The first non-traditional uses I
found were for Salt Water Flies. I have several Bendbacks, a Whistleducer
and a number of other Salt Water Flies that I've tied up using Spey Hackle
that I've been experimenting with. Then the thought came to me to try a
variation on the good old wooly bugger using Spey Hackle and the result
you see below.
Hook: Tiemco 5262 (2X Nymph) or equivalent, # 8-10
Bead: Appropriate size for hook in color desired
Thread: To match Estaz or Chenille
Palmering: Spey Hackle in color desired
Body: Estaz or Chenille in color desired
1. Slip the bead over the hook and position the hook in the vise.
2. Start the thread behind the bead and wrap to the bend of the hook.
3. Grasp the Spey Hackle by the tip and stroke the individual barbules away
from the tip and towards the butt of the feather. Tie in the tip of the
hackle at the bend of the hook with the butt of the feather pointing away
from the head.
4. Cut about a 2" piece of Estaz (Crystal Chenille) or regular Chenille
and tie it in at the bend of the hook. Wrap the thread forward to just
behind the bead.
5. Wrap the Estaz or Chenille forward to just behind the bead. Take a
couple of turns of thread to secure and clip off the excess material.
6. Palmer the Spey Hackle forward to just behind the bead. Take a couple
of turns of thread (or more) to secure and clip off excess material.
7. Whip finish just behind the bead.
1. Use different color beads including glass beads in a variety of colors.
2. Use different colors of Spey Hackle
3. Use different kinds and colors of Estaz & Chenille
Fishing the Fly:
Fish this baby just like you would a regular Wooly Bugger.
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